Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny

Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny

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By (author) Nile Rodgers

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  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 236mm x 36mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 20 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847443141
  • ISBN 13: 9781847443144
  • Illustrations note: Section: 24, B & W photos
  • Sales rank: 351,401

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Nile Rodgers is a founding member of the band Chic, and one of the world's most successful music producers. He wrote 'We are Family' for Sister Sledge and 'I'm Coming Out' for Diana Ross, and produced two of the most popular albums of all time - Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' and David Bowie's 'Let's Dance'. He also performed with Madonna at Live Aid. His life has been extraordinary - his mother was just 13 when she had him, and he was brought up surrounded by a ragged assortment of artists, drop outs and junkies. At the age of 13 he was already sniffing glue and had been turned on to acid by Timothy Leary himself. A natural, instinctive and brilliant musician, in the midst of all the madness he somehow managed to teach himself classical guitar. He also found time to become an expert in martial arts and a Black Panther. From the glamour of Studio 54 to the squalor of New York's Valhalla, and with a cast of bohemians, drop-outs, disco divas and the odd world-famous celebrity, Niles Rodgers tells his astonishing story.

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Nile Rodgers is one of the world's greatest producers and the co-founder of hit 70s band Chic.

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Praise for "Le Freak" "This book is an absolute knockout exhilarating, warm, and courageous, deeply moving and deeply funny. Le Freak is as much about the greatness of life as it is about Nile Rodgers's extraordinary musical journey. As Rodgers well knows, the best music is the stuff we feel, the stuff that speaks to us and won't let go. Le Freak does all that and much more. This is truly one of the best books ever written about art, music, life, and the way we grow to be exactly who we are. Actually, one of the best books period."-Cameron Crowe "Nile Rodgers taught me the meaning of CHIC at a very young age. His rollicking life story-from an outrageous childhood straight out of Pulp Fiction through his rise to create some of the biggest hits of our time-is an addictive read. All told in inimitable Nile-style with humanity and humor. The story behind the music is nothing compared to the story behind Nile Rodgers. The music industry finally has its own 'The Kid Stays i