Addiction, adulation, alcoholism, death, heroism, intimidation, mediation multiculturalism, murder. racism, radicalism rejection, drug dealing family members, loss, discovery and re-discovery, sounds like good ingredients for a film, however, these are just some of the themes running this biography.
Nile writes about his complex and complicated family life and how he was a little bit of an outsider. When you read that his parents where addicts, you hope that Nile has the strength not to succumb to drugs, however, as you later learn drugs become an important factor in both his and his families lives.
We learn that Le Freak the song initially came about after Nile Rodgers was refused entry into a club, a late night jamming session resulted in the song Aww Fuck Off, which was then re-titled Aww Freak Off Which eventually became the multimillion hit single (Aww) Freak Out. Niles also informs us that Lets Dance originally began as a folk song which David Bowie played to him on guitar.
Although it may seem like a scattergun approach with the diverse array of artists that Nile Rodgers has produced; when you read and then realise his views about music you understand that it is not scattergun approach at all., just some of the artist that Nile has worked with includes; B52s, Inxs, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Adam Lambert, Diana Ross, Thompson Twins, Carly Simon, Sister Sledge, Madonna David Bowie, Duran Duran and of course Chic.
Rodgers is very candid about his drug consumption, he informs that his accountant informs him to give away gold bars rather than his coke as pound for pound he would lose less money.
Not only is Le Freak is a captivating read, it also serves a musical history lesson for the reader. My only disappointment with this biography is the light insider gossip on the lets dance, Notorious and Black Tie White Noise recording sessions.
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