The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Clive Davis

Induction category: Non-Performer


Clive Davis helped shape the modern music industry as president of CBS’ Records Division and as president and founder of Arista Records. A Brooklyn native, he joined CBS as a lawyer in 1960. He served as president from 1967 to 1973, turning Columbia and its affiliated labels into a major force in rock and roll with his prescient signings. He marks his attendance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 as “the creative turning point in my life.” As a direct result of Monterey, Big Brother and the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin) and the Electric Flag were brought ...

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