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Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny [Kindle Edition]

Nile Rodgers
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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 in the Picture!'"
-Darren Starr, Creator of "Sex and the City"

Kurzbeschreibung

NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 ROCK MEMOIRS OF ALL TIME BY ROLLING STONE
 
From Chic to Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers is the creative force behind some of the biggest hits ever recorded. Here is the story of how global pop’s greatest genius transformed his own dramatic life into the brilliantly joyful playlist of a generation.
 
You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy. In the 1970s and 1980s, Nile Rodgers wrote and produced the songs that defined the era and everything that came after: “Le Freak,” “Good Times,” “We Are Family,” “Like a Virgin,” “Let’s Dance,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Rapper’s Delight”—and worked with every influential pop star to create a string of enduring hits, from Diana Ross and Madonna to Duran Duran and David Bowie. Even today, he is still musically relevant: writing and performing record-breaking hits like “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk and Pharrell. But before he reinvented pop music, Nile Rodgers invented himself. From jamming with Jimi Hendrix in a Greenwich Village haze to the decadence of the disco era to witnessing the birth of Madonna on the Danceteria dance floor, Le Freak traces one of the greatest musical journeys of our time.
 
Praise for Le Freak
 
“[An] amazing memoir . . . steeped in the incestuous energy of the times: Punk, funk and art rock mixed it up in the downtown clubs, where musicians partied together and shared ideas. . . . Le Freak has plenty of sex and drugs. But it’s the music that makes it essential. . . . Rodgers gave those dreams a beat—and helped invent pop as we know it today.”—Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
 
“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
 
“A coming-of-age tale every bit as impressive as the musical insights and star-time chronicles that follow.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Consistently entertaining . . . His legacy as a funk-rock visionary is assured, and his autobiography serves as further proof that disco does not suck.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“An unforgettable, gripping book.”The Sunday Times (UK)
 
“Name a star and you can bet they’re in this book, playing or partying with Rodgers. But far from being a succession of name-dropping anecdotes, this autobiography is a wonderfully funny, moving and wise reflection upon the important things in life: the people you love and the things you create.”The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
 
“Rodgers’s page-turning memoir is packed with emotionally charged vignettes of a tumultuous childhood and equally dramatic adulthood that found him awash in cash, cars, and celebrities. . . . His storytelling skills propel the reader through the book, making the ending all the more jarring. Remarkable for its candor, this rags-to-riches story is on the year’s shortlist of celebrity memoirs.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 8584 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Spiegel & Grau (18. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004KPM16C
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen absolut lesenswert 29. Dezember 2011
Von nepomuck
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Wie die Werbung für das Buch verspricht: "You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy." Ich kannte Nile Rodgers nicht, aber ich kenne viele seiner Lieder. Und seine Lebensgeschichte ist absolut packend: ein schwarzer Junge mit einer durchaus schwierigen Kindheit erobert die schwarzen und weißen Musikstudios, Radios und Charts. Das Buch ist in einem sehr gut lesbaren Englisch geschrieben und sehr unterhaltsam. Besonders gut gefällt mir, dass Nile Rodgers selbst staunend auf sein Leben zurückblickt und sehr dankbar ist. Sehr zu empfehlen!
Für die Musiker: es sind keine Grifftabellen oder ähnliches enthalten - hat mich aber nicht gestört.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Für Chic-, 70s- und Disco-Fans ein Muss 10. Juni 2013
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Unfassbar, was dieser Mann erlebt und wie er die Musikwelt über Jahrzehnte beeinflusst hat. Vor allem im Zusammenspiel mit Live-DVDs von Chic (z.B. at the Budokan) ergibt sich ein faszinierendes Gesamtbild seines außergewöhnlichen Lebenswerks.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Freak out 3. August 2013
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Fazinierendes Buch nicht nur für Gittarreros und NR-Fans. Für die ist das sowieso Pflichtlektüre. Spannende Lebensgeschichte mit ganz viel Soul. Freak out
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wahnsinnig ehrlich und unterhaltsam!! 2. November 2014
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Habe selten eine so ehrliche, kluge, interessante und vor allem auch herzenswarme Autobiographie gelesen: Ob auf der Damentoilette des Studio 54, ob im Studio mit Madonna (die sich wundert, warum Nile sie nicht wie alle anderen Produzenten davor einfach anbaggert und flachlegt), ob mit einem kotzenden Billy Idol vor David Bowie stehend.... Nile Rodgers kennt die dollsten Geschichten und erzählt sie ganz demütig, auch wie die Sugarhill Gang versuchte, keine Tantiemen für "Rapper's delight" und das Sample von "Good times" zu zahlen... Groooßes Kino!!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating from beginning to end 1. Oktober 2011
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An excerpt in the New York Times magazine had me excited to read this autobiography, in which Nile Rodgers maintains a bemused and conversational tone. He was born to a 13 year-old mother, raised by an assortment of relatives, and ran around both coasts as a skinny, brainy, insomniac, asthmatic child with a gift for music and a knack for survival. Dealers, users, hit men all make appearances, and are taken in stride as just part of his young life.

Even if he hadn't become the successful artist and producer, his early years make for a great story, though he bounces around a bit in the telling of it. The book really comes to life when Rodgers talks about his role in the rise of disco and the world of the New York dance club scene. That part of the story reads like the fall of the Roman Empire, a last-days bacchanal.

When disco "died" (though of course, as Rodgers points out, it never really did), he could have retired forever on his earnings, but he brought his music back working as a hit-maker for artists like David Bowie, INXS, Duran Duran, Madonna, and more. He offers his experience with of music's heavy hitters, and his portraits of David Bowie, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Madonna are candid and believable. He's not dropping names; he's just talking candidly about his friends. His portraits are honest but diplomatic. In other words, even while discussing drug binges or wild times, Nile Rodgers is a gentleman.

I remembered while reading this that my sister had met him years ago while he was producing the first Dan Reed Network record in NY. She said he was quiet, funny, brilliant, and that he never seemed to sleep. He told her the pretty guys with the braids weren't doing the singing for Milli Vanilli, and I remember being shocked by that. I was impressed that she'd met him, but I really didn't understand just how impressive Nile Rodgers is until I read this book. He imparts a list of accomplishments that is mind-boggling, but he keeps that same relaxed, easy, humble tone, as if he's as surprised as anyone else by how much he's managed to accomplish.

His life's work is staggering in amount and diversity, and this book is fascinating.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It's Not Only Rock and Roll But I Like It 28. September 2011
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I'm not here to praise disco or to bury it. I lived through it and danced quite a bit if I remember... back then I didn't worry about who produced what or who wrote this or that, but even I knew of Nile Rodgers. I was even more aware of him as the eighties wore on and knew that he was responsible for some monster albums (as we called them in the olden days). He was just `that' guy who worked with everyone who was anyone or who would soon be anyone. Just as he was responsible for so many songs that make you tap your toes or rock your hips even against your will. You can't help it. He even wrote We Are Family. I'll try to forgive him.

His memoir is written with great humor and verve. With his life starting the way it did this book needs the humor. He doesn't get bogged down in the minute details that kill so many memoirs, it reads like a dream. And if you're in your, uh, late youth, it will read a little like a history of your party days although certainly he partied harder, if not the best.

In the first part of the book you will want to rescue this little awkward boy from his family and give him cookies and a warm bed. But, is this childhood what made him great? If he had been cared for and taken care of would he had gone out on his own and discovered his genius? Do you forgive a mother who simply didn't seem to be able to live the `normal' life? He does, with awesome grace.

What about the drugs and alcohol? Did they mold him into a musical virtuoso? Or would he have found even greater success without them? He makes no apologies for the excess. As he said, he loved drugs. They just didn't return the favor. Though he does apologize for being a walking cliché. Accepted. You were, after all, kind of the template for that lifestyle.

He drops a few names but who can blame him? He was flying first class most of the way. Until the final drug induced haze that reads like a bad dream. Was it a dream? What really happened and what was twisted in his brain? I'll wager that this book will give you new respect for the man and his ability to reinvent himself from a groovy hippie to a party monster, hit maker and now a charitable man who is facing one of his biggest struggles.

Mr. Rodgers, great job on the book. May this be act thirty or so in your long life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny... 24. September 2011
Von D. S. HARDEN - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Nile Rodgers.

Along with the late Bernard Edwards, the architect of the "Chic Sound" that dominated the late seventies.

A biography.

A movement.

A time where Nile (and Bernard) took us musically where we'd never been before.

Nile, with great clarity, gives us the details in which he came into this world, and how, ulitmately, music came into his world - and for people like me, being ever-the-more grateful for it!

As in many biographies, there are the high points and low points, the successes and failures - which is to be expected. Nile shows that, as in life, "the show goes on - get on with it!"

I will not provide any spoilers on this review. I'll leave that to the others. I feel privileged that, as a member of Amazon Vine, that I got a first peek at Mr. Rodger's story. A true, American rags-to-riches story that which I hope that others can learn.

The writing style worked, it's as if Nile was sitting in the room with you, having a casual conversation! Good job! I read this in 2.5 days (I DO have to work!)

Overall a great story - thanks, Mr. Rodgers!

I rate "Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny" five stars!

Personal Note:

Understand. If it sounds like I'm biased, it's true. I am a "Chic Freak." I can recall exactly where I was when I heard Chic's "Le Freak" for the first time. It as a Friday evening (6:45pm). I was coming home from work and was on the downhill portion of La Cienega Blvd., passing what would eventually be called "Kenneth Hahn" Park (named after the multi-term Los Angeles County Supervisor). I heard the "awwwwwwwwwwwww Freak out!" coupled with Nile Rodgers guitar licks and was HOOKED before the main body of the song began.

I LOST MY MIND!

I was determined, then and there, to get a copy. Normally, as I was working full time and attending school full time, I slept-in on Saturdays. NOT THIS TIME. It was now my mission in life to get my copy. I was up first thing and had to wait for the local record store (Big Ben's Records and Tapes) to open and get mine! I brought it home and wore the wax out! Stylish, appealing, R&B Dance music. It had nothing to do with the "Disco" moniker that was hung on it. One of the most significant albums ever set to wax. Music of my life! Even better, it was just the beginning...

Stay strong, Mr. Rodgers (and hang in there!!)

End Personal Note.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Amazing Life and Amazing Music 23. Oktober 2011
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I was nine years old and that first, "Awwwwww Freak Out!" was the first song I was obsessed by, the first song I had to have, the first vinyl 45 I ever bought (and still own). I have followed Nile Rodgers' music through the years, from Chic, to Sister Sledge, David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, and countless other fantastic artists and songs that are all among my favorites.

Le Freak is the story of a young man, born to a 13-year old, drug addicted mother, a drug addicted father, and various step-fathers, who was shuffled among family members from one coast to the other and still managed to keep his cool and keep respect for his family. Inevitably, he also turned to drugs, starting with sniffing glue and working his way up to a cocaine habit as he became more and more successful. Even through his drug haze, he maintained a level of work ethic and respect for others that propelled him to the top of the charts. Chic became one of the most successful groups of all time, and when disco crashed, he thought it was all over. However, his amazing musicality was not lost on others and he became in demand as a producer and songwriter for myriad artists.

I found the stories behind the songs fascinating and kept Youtube up as I was reading so that I could follow the music as he described it -- a true interactive experience! Also fascinating is his personal story of a drug fueled, musician's lifestyle that almost made him lose what has meant the most to him through his life -- the music itself. Faced with that, he decided to kick the habit and the same determination that made him successful has helped him to maintain a clean life for many years. He is now facing the biggest challenge of his life, cancer, and I am hoping that his strong will will allow him to Dance, Dance, Dance for many more years to come.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen There's going to be a riot! 5. Oktober 2011
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Musician, composer, arranger, guitarist .... affectionato of many mind altering substances. Nile was and is an extremely gifted musician & producer.; yet the book points out that without caution one's life can end in an instance. When later in the book it is mentioned that Eric Clapton gave up his seat for a helicopter ride back to Stevie Vaughan and then it crashed and all perished ... that was really a wake up call to Nile's (and most rational people) that gifted people can't always beat the odds.

The book has many funny moments, ... Eddie Murphy playing around with Niles as an old Jewish man, Madonna and her escapades. Voodoo funk can't dispel the consistent laws of the universe. A quick look at some of his productions shows that even when one gets a little crazy their past productions & performances are here to stay:

 Norma Jean, Norma Jean Wright (1978)
 We Are Family, Sister Sledge (1979)
 King of the World, Sheila B. Devotion (1980)
 Love Somebody Today, Sister Sledge (1980)
 diana, Diana Ross (1980)
 I Love My Lady, Johnny Mathis (1981) UNRELEASED
 Koo Koo, Debbie Harry (1981)
 unknown title, Fonzi Thornton (1982) UNRELEASED
 Let's Dance, David Bowie (1983)
 Situation X, Michael Gregory (1983)
 "Invitation To Dance", Kim Carnes (1983)
 Trash It Up, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (1983)
 Original Sin, INXS (1984)
 Like a Virgin, Madonna (1984)
 "The Reflex", "The Wild Boys", Duran Duran (1984)
 Flash, Jeff Beck (1985)
 She's The Boss, Mick Jagger (1985)
 Here's to Future Days, Thompson Twins, (1985)
 Do You, Sheena Easton (1985)
 When The Boys Meet The Girls, Sister Sledge (1985)
 Home of the Brave, Laurie Anderson (1986)
 Notorious, Duran Duran (1986)
 Inside Story, Grace Jones (1986)
 Inside Out, Philip Bailey (1986)
 L Is For Lover, Al Jarreau (1986)
 "Moonlighting Theme", Al Jarreau (1987)
 "Route 66" [Nile Rodgers Mix], Depeche Mode (1987)
 Cosmic Thing, The B-52's (1989)
 Slam, Dan Reed Network (1989)
 Decade: Greatest Hits, Duran Duran (1989)
 So Happy, Eddie Murphy (1989)
 Workin' Overtime, Diana Ross (1989)
 Family Style, Vaughan Brothers (1990)
 Move To This, Cathy Dennis (1990)
 1990, Olé Olé (1990)
 The Heat, Dan Reed Network (1991)
 Fireball Zone, Ric Ocasek (1991)
 "Real Cool World", David Bowie (1992)
 Good Stuff, The B-52's (1992)
 Black Tie White Noise, David Bowie (1993)
 Your Filthy Little Mouth, David Lee Roth (1994)
 Azabache, Marta Sánchez (1997)
 Us, Taja Sevelle (1997)
 Samantha Cole, Samantha Cole (1997)
 On And On, All-4-One (1998)
 Everything is Cool, SMAP (Japan 1998)
 Su Theme Song,SMAP (Japan 1998)
 Great Long While, Strangefolk (2000)
 Just Me, Tina Arena (2001)
 Dellali, Cheb Mami (2001)
 "We Are Family", Nile Rodgers All Stars (We Are Family Foundation 2001)
 Only A Woman Like You, Michael Bolton (2002)
 Shady Satin Drug, Soul Decision (2004)
 Astronaut, Duran Duran (2004)
 Evolution, MorissonPoe (2007)

Overall, those who like music and also entertaining stories (both happy & sad ones) will like "Le Freak". It is unfortunate how racism for instance stands in the way of equality and giving a talented man a break. Reminds one of George Washington Carver in that respect.
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