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Le Freak, C'est Chic,
This review is from: Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny (Hardcover)
The music of Nile Rogers was the soundtrack to my early adult years. I knew little of the man until I discovered the blog through which he has chronicled his fight with aggressive cancer over the past year.
Beginning with the recollections of a childhood from which few would have emerged unscathed, the narrative moves to Rodgers discovery of a passion and hard earned ability to make music. Influenced by the jazz that had always surrounded his life, he served a musical apprenticeship on Sesame Street before meeting his collaborative partner Bernard Edwards Together their band Chic filled dance floors around the world drawing on influences as diverse as Roxy Music and Kiss.
Chic were soon victims of the abrupt demise of disco but his talent was soon in demand once again on the other side of the mixing desk. An uncanny self belief and ability to distill the essence of popular music led to his first production taking Diana Ross back to the top of the charts and at this point his story and the story of 1980s popular music become one and the same. Working with the fledgling Madonna, a struggling Bowie and his wild nights of excess at Studio 54 are all described with an honesty and openness and which make this an essential read for anyone who wants to get close to one of the most influential musicians of the modern era.
I found Le Freak a compelling read: humorous, sometime shocking, but always engaging and uplifting.
As a postscript, I have been considering why I couldn't quite give five stars when I posted the review (I would have given four and a half if I could). I then heard a radio interview with Niles where he said the original draft was twice as long but his publisher had made him edit it down - The stories in the book are so well told that I am left wondering what gems could have been included in another 150 pages. I'll save the fifth star for the extended 'Nile Rodgers Remix' edition....
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2011 19:20:14 GMT
Edward H. Jones says:
This is a great review, saved me writing one!
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 12:56:44 GMT
A proper review; literate, informative, enthusiastic and sounds genuine - I was ambivalent but now I want it. As a pro guitarist, my view is that Nile Rodgers is the finest rhythm player I've heard; you've either got that 'bounce' or you haven't.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2012 14:53:02 GMT
T. Jones says:
You are very kind, many thanks!
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