Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny
NAMED one of many best 10 ROCK MEMOIRS OF ALL TIME through ROLLING STONE
From stylish to Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers is the inventive strength in the back of a number of the greatest hits ever recorded. this is the tale of the way international pop’s maximum genius remodeled his personal dramatic existence into the brilliantly cheerful playlist of a generation.
You will pay attention a Nile Rodgers tune this day. it'll make you happy. within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, Nile Rodgers wrote and produced the songs that outlined the period and every thing that got here after: “Le Freak,” “Good Times,” “We Are Family,” “Like a Virgin,” “Let’s Dance,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Rapper’s Delight”—and labored with each influential pop famous person to create a string of tolerating hits, from Diana Ross and Madonna to Duran Duran and David Bowie. Even this day, he's nonetheless musically suitable: writing and appearing record-breaking hits like “Get fortunate” with Daft Punk and Pharrell. yet earlier than he reinvented pop track, Nile Rodgers invented himself. From jamming with Jimi Hendrix in a Greenwich Village haze to the decadence of the disco period to witnessing the delivery of Madonna at the Danceteria dance flooring, Le Freak lines one of many maximum musical trips of our time.
Praise for Le Freak
“[An] striking memoir . . . steeped within the incestuous strength of the days: Punk, funk and artwork rock combined it up within the downtown golf equipment, the place musicians partied jointly and shared rules. . . . Le Freak has lots of intercourse and medicine. yet it’s the tune that makes it crucial. . . . Rodgers gave these goals a beat—and helped invent pop as we all know it today.”—Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
“This ebook is an absolute knockout: exhilarating, hot, and brave, deeply relocating and deeply humorous. Le Freak is as a lot in regards to the greatness of lifestyles because it is ready Nile Rodgers’s notable musical trip. As Rodgers good understands, the easiest tune is the stuff we believe, the stuff that speaks to us and won’t permit move. Le Freak does all that and masses extra. this is often really the most effective books ever written approximately paintings, song, existence, and how we turn into precisely who we're. really, the most effective books period.”—Cameron Crowe
“A coming-of-age story every piece as remarkable because the musical insights and star-time chronicles that follow.”—The big apple instances e-book Review
“Consistently exciting . . . His legacy as a funk-rock visionary is guaranteed, and his autobiography serves as additional evidence that disco doesn't suck.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“An unforgettable, gripping book.”—The Sunday instances (UK)
“Name a celebrity and you may wager they’re during this booklet, taking part in or partying with Rodgers. yet faraway from being a succession of name-dropping anecdotes, this autobiography is a superbly humorous, relocating and clever mirrored image upon the real issues in lifestyles: the folk you like and the belongings you create.”—The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
“Rodgers’s page-turning memoir is jam-packed with emotionally charged vignettes of a tumultuous youth and both dramatic maturity that came upon him awash in funds, autos, and celebrities. . . . His storytelling talents propel the reader throughout the booklet, making the finishing all of the extra jarring. impressive for its candor, this rags-to-riches tale is at the year’s shortlist of megastar memoirs.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
stressful stories grew to become extra vibrant while the lighting fixtures went out at bedtime. on the time, i used to be going to a ordinarily white highschool, Christopher Columbus, one block north of Pelham freeway within the Bronx. So my experience of isolation there has been a lot worse than it were while i used to be more youthful. At fifteen I had a extra constructed feel of identification, and that i didn’t desire different youth to inform me that I didn’t belong. So someday i made a decision to run away. I grabbed my guitar and retreated to where the place I’d felt secure.
Them, simply because they bonded via their our bodies, via dance; they have been propelled by means of a brand new type of funky groove track. Dance had develop into primal and ubiquitous, a robust communique instrument, every piece as motivational as an Angela Davis speech or precious as that eighteen-dollar, three-day Woodstock competition price tag. All innovative routine are fueled by way of a wish for switch to an unsustainable establishment. This revolution’s warriors have been engaged in a conflict for acceptance. “Sex, medicinal drugs, and.
Compensated by means of writing an insanely uncomplicated hook: “Everybody dance, do-do-do, clap your fingers, clap your hands.” I sang it to Bernard, and he cherished it, yet requested me, with nice earnestness, “Uh, my guy, what the fuck does ‘do-do-do’ mean?” I answered with equivalent seriousness, “It potential an analogous issues as ‘la-la-la’ motherfucker!” I’ve by no means laughed as a lot in my existence as I did with Bernard. As I stated prior, the band had got a bit following, and our ex–lead singer Bobby had a pal named.
that very same Lenny Bruce beatnik humor. mother used to be simply as fast at the draw together with her scalding quips. they can nonetheless pass toe-to-toe. Thanksgiving Vegas-style made us suppose like we’d by no means stopped dwelling jointly. It used to be company as ordinary: enjoyable, laughter, and entire and utter dysfunction—and I don’t imagine we’d have it the other approach. in reality, it used to be such a success that our newly minted culture persisted unabated with a twist—every yr there will be one significant revelation retrieved from the relatives.
I—or anyone—knows. funds wasn’t my aim, only a yardstick to degree good fortune. On New Year’s Day 1985, my state of affairs used to be close to ideal. lifestyles used to be tremendous, nearly happy. We’d accomplished Like a Virgin in exactly six weeks. We knew the checklist used to be nice, and we now had time to chill within the sunshine. in the meantime, my dating with Madonna persevered to develop. whilst her advertising time table spread out, she joined me on Martha’s winery. A PLAYBOY BUNNY FLIGHT ATTENDANT I as soon as dated used to inform me how nice.