Nile Rodgers on Family, Disco, and Destiny
Thursday, December 29, 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.