Sharing notes: Clive Davis to speak in Westport

When it comes to some of the top musical acts over the past five decades, there is a common thread tying them all together.

That thread is Clive Davis, the legendary music executive who has worked with performers such as Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Aerosmith and Jennifer Hudson during the past five decades.

A multiple Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, his influence has been felt on multiple record labels, including Columbia, Arista and Sony Music.

You may know about his musical career, but on May 2, you can get to know more about how he rose from impoverished beginnings to attend New York York University and later Harvard Law School during an upcoming lecture.

He will be the featured speaker in the annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts at 7:30 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. The event is free, but registrations are required.

Joining Davis on stage will be Anthony DeCurtis, co-author of Davis’ memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” DeCurtis, who is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, will facilitate the conversation.

The lecture series, which is made possible by Westport artist Susan Malloy, began in 2002. Each year it focuses on a person with significant cultural influence, who has enhanced society’s understanding and appreciation of the arts. Former guests have included John Lithgow, Arthur Miller, Billy Collins and Jacques D’Amboise, according to organizers.

To register, call 203-291-4800, or visit the library’s website.,

Christina Hennessy