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Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny

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Yet he did take an interest in music and by the time he was in high school he was an enthusiastic participant in music classes.

By the time he was sixteen, Nile was on his own, busking through the sixties, half-hippie and half–Black Panther.During the 1979 “Disco Sucks” movement, Rodgers learned firsthand how pop careers are subject to fickle social and political forces. Overall, I would have perhaps liked more emphasis on his studio techniques and creative revelations, but the unique personal narrative was more than impressive enough to carry the book. Rodgers comes across as a tremendous, benevolent, friendly guy who has taken a big, deep drink of life, loved his work, loved a whole load of fine women, and is welcome at my house or my disco anytime.

To enable personalized advertising (like interest-based ads), we may share your data with our marketing and advertising partners using cookies and other technologies. Once Chic's great early singles catapult him into the big money, he has almost NOTHING to say about their interesting later career, including their great album REAL PEOPLE. His childhood was spent moving around 50s New York, from Alphabet City to the Bronx, interspersed with two stints in Los Angeles.Born to a hip 14-year-old beauty in 1952, Rodgers was raised among bohemians, criminals and drug addicts in Lower Manhattan, the Bronx and Los Angeles by his African-American mother, his white Jewish stepfather and both biological grandmothers. who drifts in an out of his son's life --and the book-- before succumbing to alcoholism) Nile Rodgers' father figure was a white junkie who worked in the garment district in New York. g for artists such as David Bowie, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, The Thompson Twins, INXS, Steve Winwood, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Blondie, Brittany Spears, and the B-52s), which is part of the soundtrack of my life.

Happily, these hipsters weren’t interested in harming anyone other than themselves, and since many of them were talented performers with lots of time on their hands, together they gave young Nile a musical education he couldn’t have gotten any other way. Nile Rodgers is a brilliant storyteller who gives readers the surprising behind-the-scenes tales of the songs we all know, and lovingly re-creates the lost outsider subcultures—from the backstreets of 1950s Greenwich Village to the hills of 1960s Southern California to the demimonde of New York’s 1970s and 1980s discos and clubs—that live on in his music and in the throbbing, thriving world of pop he helped to set in motion. Rodgers, best known as the founder of Chic who went on to produce landmark albums for Madonna and David Bowie, was raised by downtown heroin junkies in the 1950s and ’60s, and it's fascinating to see how profoundly his worldview was shaped by the ups and downs of this experience.Although I had a serious thing for Chic in elementary school, I had no idea he went on to produce and/or play on so many songs that I have loved since.

If I was to criticise the book does seem to end rather suddenly, with Nile's cancer diagnosis (literally on the last page, along the lines of "yesterday I was told I had cancer, and I'm going to see the doctor today. Biography: Nile Rodgers is one of the world's greatest producers and the co-founder of hit 70s band Chic. The list of Nile Rodgers’ favourite books about music was always going to be heaving with credentials but even we were surprised at just how perfect his selections were. But while all of these play a part, nothing makes or breaks a musician more than what goes on behind the scenes, where invisible, detail-oriented taskmasters like Rodgers toil late into the night while the stars are signing autographs.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. He pretty much dominated the pop charts in the 1980s, while remaining a more or less anonymous figure. Then, at 15, he was befriended by hippies and spent two days tripping on acid at a Hollywood house party with Timothy Leary, listening to "The End" by the Doors on repeat, which opened his own musical doors of perception.

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