Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.
Though the discussion about the music executive's love life has gotten people talking about the book, released Tuesday, it actually takes up only about five pages at the end. Davis, 80, best known for launching the careers of Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and many others, writes of his first homosexual encounter and then his 13-year relationship with a man that ended in 2003.
"There will come a time when very few will care about other people's sexual preference -- or preferences," Davis writes.
Actually, that time is pretty much now.
In fact, when fans dive into "The Soundtrack of My Life" the more shocking revelation isn't Davis' discussion of Houston, but his ongoing battle with "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson. He devotes a chapter to her, talking about her creative process and outlining what he thinks were unrealistic demands.
"It's clear that Kelly Clarkson has a decidedly independent streak, to say the least, and often speaks in public before she realizes the implications of what she's saying," Davis writes.
Clarkson, independent artist that she is, released an equally tough response on her blog Tuesday.
"I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans," Clarkson wrote, adding that he criticized her songwriting abilities after she played him her hit "Because of You." "It feels like a violation."