Nile Rodgers on Family, Disco, and Destiny

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nile Rodgers, composer, arranger, and guitarist, explains how he became one of the most influential music producers in the history of popular music. In the 1970s and 1980s, he wrote and produced the songs that defined pop music: “Le Freak,” “We Are Family,” “Like a Virgin,” “Modern Love,” “The Reflex,” and “Rapper’s Delight,” to name a few. He worked with everyone from Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, from Madonna to INXS.  In Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny he tells about his upbringing, how he got his start in music, and how he pioneered his trademark sound.


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Comments [9]

PW from Brooklyn

I don't know if the comments here had anything to do with it, but Bernie Edwards is praised by name (with impressions!) a bunch of times in Rodgers' interview on "The Sound of Young America", starting about 12 minutes in when they mention Chic's first disco song.

Dec. 08 2011 12:16 PM
J from NYC

I was VERY suprised that Nile Rodgers did not mention the late great Bernard Edwards by name as well.

I would also argue that Lopate could have pushed a little for more about that. Same time, this may have been too painful a topic. (He could have at least mentioned Edwards by name, since he was a important part of his professional and personal life)

Hopefully he'll get a chance to address his relationship with Edwards a bit more-both in the book, and in his talk at Barnes & Noble on Thursday.

Oct. 20 2011 11:34 AM
mark from NJ

@ graham:
"my partner"?? oh, please.
that's like saying "my ex-wife", 'cause you don't want to mention the b!^¢h's name.
look, maybe the subject is just too painful for him to go there.
but still, a curious omission.

Oct. 19 2011 06:10 PM

Nile does mention Bernard in this interview, just not by name ("my partner").

Oct. 18 2011 02:40 AM
mark from NJ

you're right, I was too harsh, but I still find the omission baffling, regardless of the time constraints of the segment, and the years since Bernard's passing, given that their partnership extended from the Big Apple Band , through Chic, their co-productions and beyond. RIP

Oct. 17 2011 02:57 PM

mark- he can only talk about so much,in a short time,and, bernard passed some time ago, now. i'm not sure who you are blaming here, lenny or nile ? either way, it's no one's fault, in my opinion. lighten up,man.........

Oct. 17 2011 02:03 PM
mark from new jersey

Twenty minutes from Mr. Rodgers, and not a word about Bernard Edwards??

Oct. 17 2011 01:53 PM
Vinny from Manalapan, NJ

Le Freak is the original F*** You, is it not?

Oct. 17 2011 01:46 PM

a lot of the ethos of disco was silly and obnoxious,but on the other hand, it's too easy, to be summarilly dismissive, of the music;and, the interesting and complex social and cultural underpinnings, related to it. it is perhaps unfair and too simple, to say that people who cant' dance don't like disco. but lest's face it,there is more than a grain of truth to this "axiom". btw- i do like bach,pink floyd,joan baez,and a host of other people. i did find a lot of "disco heads"[or "house heads"], to be mono-culturally oriented, and not really care for much of anything else.

Oct. 17 2011 01:25 PM

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