Photos by G.
October 20, 2011 was a night I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. It was the night Nile Rodgers stopped by Barnes and Noble in Union Square in Manhattan to discuss and sign copies of his autobiography “Le Freak – An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny.” It’s pretty safe to say that anyone who has ever heard pop music likes at least one song he’s written or produced. His list of accomplishments is astounding and he’s worked with the likes of everyone from Madonna to David Bowie to Diana Ross and of course, in his own band Chic. He’s responsible for some of the hottest disco tracks (like “Good Times” and “Le Freak”) that will be club favorites for as long as clubs exist on this planet. Nile Rodgers discussed his autobiography “Le Freak” with cultural critic Toure’ and I can already tell it’s going to be impossible to put it down. Nile told the stories behind songs such as “Good Times” which was written about not getting in at Studio 54 despite a personal invitation from Grace Jones, “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross and he talked about being heavily influenced musically and stylistically by Roxy Music and Kiss! He also mentioned meeting his Chic partner in groove, Bernard Edwards, how they became musical soul-mates and how the band came to be called Chic. These stories are all in the book and it’s really great to get the back stories on these historical moments in music.
Nile Rodgers was diagnosed with cancer last year and he’s had some ups and downs with his health. He told the packed house that he’s currently waiting for the results of some tests he’s taken recently, so please send Nile your positive thoughts. One thing is for sure, Nile is not slowing down at all and his enthusiasm and gratitude is as infectious as the grooves he’s created – past, present and future. There was a lot of love in the room tonight and it was clear that we did not want the hour long discussion to end. After the discussion, Nile signed copies of “Le Freak,” and he was really taking the time to make sure everyone at the signing/discussion/party was having a great time. Not only is he a musical genius and a legend, he’s also a really nice guy! I am so thankful for all the great music you’ve given myself and the world and all of our lives are better because of it. Thanks Nile. You are truly an inspiration!
“Le Freak” by Nile Rodgers is out now. Don’t even think about not getting it!