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5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON CHIC!!!, 28 Nov 2004
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Glen J. Russell "Glendude1" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco (Paperback)
As a lifelong fan of Nile Rodgers' & Bernard Edwards' prolific songwriting & production skills & musicianship, this book was long overdue for me but well worth the wait. This quality wordy tome has interviews from all the main people who knew & worked with Nile & Bernard. Using more recent interviews interspersed with archive ones, the reader is able to totally get a feel of the era from Chic's early days & beyond. You feel excited sharing the "Good Times" & feel despairingly sad when you "Flashback" to some of the episodes which led to broken friendships & the demise of Chic.
You feel incredulous at the prejudice perpetuated by record company policy or radio programmers to their music, or even to the idea of them producing white artists like David Bowie.
You feel immense pride when after being cruelly put down by so-called experts & critics for being a "disco act", they then become the most sought after producers throughout the 1980s. From producing Diana Ross to Madonna & ABC, via David Bowie, INXS, Robert Palmer & Rod Stewart to name just some. There's also a chapter on the now infamous "lost album" recorded with Johnny Mathis entitled "I Love My Lady".
All the former band members conribute too-Karen Milne former violinist of the Chic Strings has contributions from her tour & recording dates diary wich makes for fascinating reading.
With a lot of pictures & memorabilia featured from my own collection also, the contributions from so many credible sources serve to mark this book with the desrved tag of, "The Chic Bible". It truly is wonderful & I can't recommend it highly enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any musician need to read this book, 15 Feb 2006
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This review is from: Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco (Paperback)
If you have never heard of producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, you're not a musician (I mean , maybe a classical one, but that's about it). the good news is: it's not too late! The great news is: Someone has finally managed to write a book to let an important part of the world know about the most under rated producers of the XXth century. And when I say under rated, I don't mean badly rated. They are extremely well- rated, but the significance of their job, no matter how well rated, is still completely not rated to the standard it deserves. In many respect, Rodgers and Edwards are the Larry and Fonce Mizell of the late 70s/beg of the 80s (if you do not know these producers either, what are we gonna do with you... :) ). I am glad that justice, truth and respect is finally established by this book and that the Chic band's place is finally recognized in the history of music. We have been waiting long. Thank you Daryl. If you know David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sister Sledge, the power station, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, ABC, Robert Palmer, Luther Vanross, Fonzi thornton and many others... You NEED TO KNOW about Rodgers and Edwards. And why GOOD TIMES is one of the most influential track ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bin-kicking corker!, 1 April 2005
This review is from: Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco (Paperback)
Great job man -- the ultimate book on Chic. It's a pleasure, and it's a gem, but most of all it's an opera without a stage!
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