'The Soundtrack of My Life' by Clive Davis

Clive Davis made headlines when his doorstop of a biography, The Soundtrack of My Life (Simon and Schuster), recently filled bookstore shelves. The pop impresario revealed that he’s bisexual. He arrived at this great “relief,” as he calls it, during the heady days of Studio 54…. read more

'The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations' by Anthony Heilbut

The lingo heard in gay circles today (“the children,” for instance, as code for not-so-covertly gay members of the church) derived decades ago from the gospel underground, where drug and sexual abuse, promiscuity, and perhaps mental illness were prevalent. Lots of backstabbing and cut-throat showmanship went down, too, and Heilbut tells it all…. read more