Les Flâneurs spotted an event at The TriBeCa Film Festival at Radio City for the premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives". It was both a film and a concert with performances by many of Clive's artists. Clive discovered and signed many of our faves from Janis Joplin to Santana to Bruce and even to the present with Maroon Five. As the documentary relates, he also "brought back" Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin in the 80s, both of whom performed at the event last night and truly rocked the house!
As we walked from the subway to Radio City, we happened upon the scene captured in the photo above, which shows Clive himself greeting 'Retha. A Flâneur needs to keep a constant vigil for photo ops like this one, which happen all the time in The Big Apple. Of course, you also need to keep your cool. New York Flâneurs will savor the experience of simply seeing a star, as opposed to becoming an annoying paparazzi. In this case, the shutters were clacking and the scene was expected, so we captured the moment!
The film was a delightful rockumentary about the unlikely rock impresario. Clive was a lawyer who unexpectedly found himself in charge of recruiting rock & roll acts for CBS records. The shots of him near the stage at the Monterrey Pop Festival wearing a white tennis sweater among the hippies were hilarious and the section about the rise and tragic fall of Whitney Houston were poignant. Okay, and the live performances by all, including Barry Manilow, were more than worth the price of admission!