- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: Don Silver (Jan. 14 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985767308
- ISBN-13: 978-0985767303
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 141 g
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Clive: Working with the Man in the Age of Vinyl Paperback – Jan 14 2013
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About the Author
Don Silver was born and raised in Philadelphia, studied business in college and moved to New York City in the late 1970s, where he worked as an A&R man for Arista Records, as an independent record producer and as an artist manager. In his mid-twenties, he returned to Philadelphia and ran a manufacturing company and in 1999, took an MFA in writing at Bennington College. That same year, he quit corporate life to finish his first novel, Backward-Facing Man, which Publisher's Weekly called "a complex beautifully turned out thriller."
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The prose is biting, witty, concise--without a lot of disillusion. Don is, in fact, incredibly matter-of-fact--about his ambition, his direction and lack thereof, the influences of his upbringing and the pre-1974 music that provides the soundtrack to his pre-pubescent life, and his relationship with Clive Davis.
The book reads like it was written in one breath--I could barely catch my own. The first half covers Don's early life and is filled with the (entertaining) eclectic soundtrack he creates--Seventy Six Trombones and Tchaikowski marches, and later, successive hits to fall in love with, Respect, Light My Fire, Aquarius (my personal favorite kazoo song) and others, song that all but disappears in the second half of the book, as Don finds himself in the ironic position of just missing the music he loves for the dying Dead and disco bump beat that would dominate Arista while he was there learning the ropes.
I am NOT a music business person, so I don't care or know so much about Clive. I do love how Don gives him to us however, first hallowed and studied, then with a few bumps, warts; a young man's God coming closer to earth with a fair modicum of respect and mainly with the disappointing news that Clive will never be the mentor who loves, the mentor who challenges, teaches and brings the hardworking protege along.
The book is a great/quick study in music--both simple appreciation, the elements and anatomy of a hit, and a sketch of the business.
Driving home tonight, at the top of my lungs I sing Jerry Douglas's descending lamentation in a cover of The Boxer, "Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters/Where the ragged people go. /Looking for the places only they would know" Lie la lie, cymbals cymbals, lie la lie lie lie la lie, lie la lie...
Clive is a quick, fun, eminently readable, concise, witty, jam-packed, biting and generous work.