The screening was followed by a special concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon and Barry Manilow.
Based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography, CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES is a riveting profile of the legendary music man, who is a five-time Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The film chronicles the historic influence of “The Man with the Golden Ears,” who rose from humble beginnings, and in a compelling journey, became one of the music industry’s most iconic figures. Davis’ career spans a remarkable five-decade career, providing an incredible tour of the most sensational music of the cultural revolution, from the ’60s to the rise of hip-hop. Davis has signed, influenced and driven the careers of many of the most important music artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries including Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and a great many more who attest to Davis as, in Aretha Franklin’s words, “the greatest record man of all time.” This amazing film is definitive, fascinating and ceaselessly entertaining proof.
Just before the premiere Apple announced that film is headed exclusively to Apple Music.
“Apple is a global innovator that has revolutionized the distribution of music,” said Davis. “It is a touching honor to share the music and unique stories that have shaped my career with millions of Apple Music subscribers around the world. I am overjoyed to work with them to continue this incredible journey!”
Davis added: “It is an incredible milestone to have a film about my life premier on opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in an iconic venue such as Radio City Music Hall. It will be a moving celebration of music and artistry that hopefully will touch everyone.”
— Isiah Thomas (@iamisiahthomas) April 20, 2017