Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Nile Rodgers Chic Le Freak
Nile Rodgers, the surviving founder of Chic, chronicles the rise of his group in “Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny.” Co-founder Bernard Edwards died in Tokyo, Japan in 1996.
The distinctive production style of Rodgers was responsible for hits by Diana Ross, David Bowie, Sister Sledge, Duran Duran, Grace Jones and many more.
Rodgers, a composer, arranger, guitarist and producer describes his humble beginnings in New York City before the dawn of Chic. Readers of this autobiography will enjoy the special Nile anecdotes from various studio sessions.
Chic was a dynamic force, driven by the unique style of Rodgers and Edwards (on bass). They don’t receive enough credit for their innovation. Chic is often stereotyped in perception by attributing the blandness of the disco era to the group. Many negate Chic’s best work by lumping it in with the mediocre robotic melodies of disco’s heyday.
For the whole story, check out “Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny.”