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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Clive Davis Featured in Malloy Lecture on May 2

This year’s Malloy Lecture in the Arts will feature Clive Davis, longtime record producer and music industry executive. Image
Clive Davis: featured in onstage conversation . Contributed photo

The Westport Library-sponsored event will be held Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bedford Middle School auditorium, 88 North Ave.The event is free and open to the public, and registration is required at

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non performer in 2000, Davis, 81, has enjoyed a career spanning five decades in music.

He helped shape the U.S. modern music industry, starting from his days a the Monterey Pop Festival where he discovered a young Janis Joplin to his work with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Arrowsmith, Whitney Houston and Alicia Keyes, among many others.

His influence has impacted the careers of Simon & Garfunkel, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Rod Stewart as well as recent American Idol contestants-turned-pop stars Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson.

Renowned for his “ears” and his ability to spot talent and create hit records, Davis contributed to the extraordinary success of the music labels Columbia, Arista, J and now Sony Music over his career.

In an onstage conversation, Davis will discuss the highlights of his career and the artists he has worked with. He will recount his personal journey as an orphan who went from poverty to a full scholarship at New York University and then Harvard Law School. 

He will discuss his start as general counsel at Columbia Records and the lucky break that lead him to the presidency of the company. His will also talk about his memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life,” regarded as an essential book for anyone interested in popular music.

Its publication last year drew much attention because in it Davis publicly came out as bisexual.

The interview-style conversation will be facilitated by Davis’s co-author, Anthony DeCurtis, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a Grammy Award winner in the Best Album Notes Category for Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads”.

The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is made possible by a contribution from Westport artist Susan Malloy.

The Westport Library initiated The Malloy Lecture in the Arts in 2002 as a free, public annual discussion by an individual who has had a significant cultural influence and whose work has enhanced understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Past programs have included John Lithgow, Arthur Miller, Billy Collins and Jacques D’Amboise.


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