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Monday, January 7, 2013

Clive: A Memoir

The title references to inestimable Clive Davis. Don Silver's Clive grabbed me with its description of Silver's time spend with Clive in the music business. I was hooked!

Don Silver knew he wanted to be in the music since he was a small child. He clawed his way into Arista records to work under Clive Davis, only to discover that all that glitters is not gold. This is his story and his relationship with the big man who holds all the musical power.

This book was short and sweet. Silver tells his story as it is, from the soul-crushing search for a job in a field in which you are dying to work to the stomping of that dream when you finally get where you think you want to be. It's true, I think, for most passion-driven fields: You think it's where you want to be until you get there and all that you love becomes demystified.

I really appreciate Silver's memoir, as it came at a time in my life when I was struggling with these very same things. To stay or not to stay in a job you always thought you wanted but never knew was not for you? Silver finds his way post-Clive but never really gets over the larger than life character. And who would? Not I, said the sheep.

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