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

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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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Inspired by the Dionysian scene at Studio 54, a grown-up Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards formed the seminal disco band Chic and wrote "Le Freak," their first No. I agree with that 100%, and if you look at my book, it’s really about my life: music just happens to be a large part of it.

My rating probably has more to do with my connection to the subject matter, but it was right book at the right time for me. After a difficult upbringing, which he details on particularly, he found his love for the guitar as a teenager and began a part hippie, homeless beatnik life panhandling and playing music for money. He allegedly spent a few years of his life in a stall in the women's bathroom of Studio 54, meting out cocaine to all comers.I am sure he intends this familiar saga as cautionary, and hope not too many find it titillating instead. The passage on the passing of his musical brother Edwards while on tour with a reformed Chic is also moving and perfectly judged, encapsulating Rodgers’ philosophy of music and life.

This is a fantastic book Mr Rodgers modesty makes me respect him even more, this guy is a true genius, literally THE hit-maker, because even up to today, there is barely a hit song without him being involved. As a producer, he had plenty more, most prominently with Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and the B-52s, whom he portrays with the sharp eye and tolerance for foible that make his love for his family so believable — the regal Ross nervous about her D.The two musicians parted company eventually, but several of the hits Rodgers had a hand in continue to be club standards. Meanwhile, a steady diet of cocaine and strong drink fueled bouts of acute alcoholism and pancreatitis.

who drifts in and out of his son's life --and the book-- before succumbing to alcoholism), Nile Rodgers' father figure was a white junkie who worked in the garment district in New York. After disco died, Chic were brought in by Motown to reignite Diana Ross's career, and delivered her most successful solo album, Diana, which included "Upside Down". At 15 he brushed with such A‑listers as Frank Sinatra while helping a grandmother’s boyfriend clean private jets at Van Nuys Airport. As it is, he covers his tumultuous early childhood, his meteoric rise to success, some of his most famous collaborations such as David Bowie and Diana Ross, and his downward tumble into alcoholism and coke addiction. As I started reading this book and understanding the kind of hard work, thought, and musical expertise that went into the making of hits such as "Everybody Dance" and "Le Freak", I listened again to them and several more with an open mind, and that did it for me.

Turning off the personalized advertising setting won’t stop you from seeing Etsy ads, but it may make the ads you see less relevant or more repetitive. But it’s also that rare thing for a music memoir, arguably at its best when it steers away from the music. His recovery and life as a sober person are very quickly wrapped up, but not without one last emotional punch. Aside from his mom, who gets it in spades, and his partner Bernard, adualtion is chiefly meted out to his idols like Diana Ross and David Bowie that he had the privilege to work for, but also to Michael Jackson, who sought his help at a difficult time, and Madonna, with whom he partied.

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