By: Giovanni Zaburoni
Music industry heavyweight Clive Davis has a new documentary on the way based on his memoir, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” and he is giving significant airtime to his relationship with the late Whitney Houston and her battle against addiction that ultimately led to her death. According to Bossip, there’s a part in the film where Davis reads a letter he wrote to Houston after seeing her perform at Michael Jackson’s 30th anniversary special. Houston looked awful on stage. She was sweating profusely and she was incredibly skinny. When Davis saw her on stage, he knew he needed to reach out to her and tell her to get help with the problems she was facing.
The letter says:
When I saw you Friday night at the Michael Jackson concert I gasped. When I got home, I cried.
My dear, dear Whitney, the time has come.
Of course I know you don’t want to hear this. Of course I know that you’re saying that Clive is being foolishly dramatic. Of course I know that your power of denial is in overdrive dismissing everything I and everyone else is saying to you.
I join your mother in pleading with you to face up to the truth now, right now, and there is no more time or postponement. You need help and it must begin now. I will stand by you with love and caring to see you through it to newfound peace and happiness in every way as a woman, as a mother, as a role model to inspire the rest of the world.
The letter came a bit too late. Houston ended up dying on February 11, 2012, in a hotel bathtub, on the same day as Davis’ annual Grammy party. The two-hour film also shows highlights from Davis’ long career in the music industry. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he screened the movie in front of almost 100 people with a star studded guest list including: Alicia Keys, L.L. Cool J., Russell Simmons, Tyler Perry, Brett Ratner, Penny Marshall, Barry Manilow, Kenny G., Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Diane Warren, Universal’s Jody Gerson, Apple’s Larry Jackson and Fox’s Dana Walden in West Hollywood back in August.
“I wanted to present it to get their feedback and input. I was very touched when almost 100 people there stood up and gave it a three-minute standing ovation.”
The film also includes interviews from Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Carlos Santana, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Pat Houston, Sean Combs, Babyface, L.A. Reid, Bob Weir, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Smith, Simon Cowell, Berry Gordy, David Geffen, Lou Adler, Doug Morris, Charles Goldstuck, Peter Edge, Don Ienner, Keys and Barry Manilow.