LE FREAK by Nile Rodgers


An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny
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One of the heaviest figures from an unjustly maligned musical era tells all, and tells it well.

Casual music fans may not recognize Rodgers’ name, but they will definitely recognize his music: The producer/composer/arranger/guitarist's fingerprint is all over such smashes as Madonna's "Like a Virgin," the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out.” But what launched and ultimately made Rodgers’ career was his work with his band Chic, most notably on the disco classic "Le Freak." His heavy discography alone would merit a memoir, but add a dash of family drama, a dose of drug addiction, a bird's-eye view of the music industry, and the result is a book that will appeal to both music aficionados and casual fans. Rodgers is enthusiastic, honest and charming, and he has a reverence for the artists who came before him; he discusses the Chitlin' Circuit with as much authority as he does Studio 54. The author also provides an insider's look at the disco world unlike any that has been offered before, if only because he was coming at it from all angles—he was both in the scene and of the scene. The book should appeal to readers interested in music, the ’70s, survival and triumph.

In his energetic memoir, Rodgers, as was almost always the case with his songs, brings the funk.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-385-52965-5
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2011


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