Le Freak

Le Freak

An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny

Book - 2011
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Today's pop music--genre-crossing, gender-bending, racially mixed, visually stylish, and dominated by dance music with global appeal--is the world that Nile Rodgers created. In the 1970s and 1980s, he wrote and produced the songs that defined that era and everything that came after. Aside from his own band, Chic, he worked with everyone from Diana Ross and Madonna to David Bowie and Duran Duran, transforming their music and redefining what a pop song could be. But before he reinvented pop music, Nile Rodgers invented himself. Born into a mixed-race, bicoastal family of dope-fiend bohemians, he was on his own by age 16, half-hippie and half-Black Panther. He jammed with Jimi Hendrix, toured with Big Bird, and played in the legendary Apollo Theater house band. And then he discovered disco... Here he gives us the behind-the-scenes tales of the songs we all know, and lovingly re-creates the outsider subcultures that live on in the world of pop he helped to set in motion.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385529655
Branch Call Number: 781.6409 RODGERS
Characteristics: xiv, 318 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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Dec 14, 2016

A great read for any music fan. Nile is such a musical genius and his contributions are sometimes overlooked. It was great to read about all the great albums and artists he has worked and interacted with.

Mar 20, 2016

Good insight into a music genius. My only complaint is the brief treatment given to his later career. Since this books publication he has ridden another high wave with Daft Punk.
His story is truly about the redemptive and healing power of music.

Jan 07, 2016

Once you read this autobiography, you will fully realize what an influence Niles Rodgers has had in popular music and culture. He has guided MANY artists though the system, yet still remains a humble, down to earth man. Pick this up today if you are interested in the music business.

Jan 17, 2015

Talk about not knowing how good you have it in terms of your family drug dealing but fo real tho and Nile is pretty narcissistic but he aint exactly George Clooney.

ManUtdFan Feb 03, 2012

Really good music bio. Nile spills the beans on his tough upbringing, the artists he has worked with and his stuggles with addiction over the decades. Amazing life sotry and well worth a read.


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