Le Freak

Le Freak

An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny

Book - 2011
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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)
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385529655
Branch Call Number: Biography B Rod
Alternative Title: Freak


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Aug 07, 2019

There are many music biographies out there, this one is in the top ten in my opinion. More than just a biography, it will shed some light on the race issues in America.

Dec 14, 2016

A great read for any music fan. Nile is such a musical genius and his contributions are sometimes overlooked. It was great to read about all the great albums and artists he has worked and interacted with.

Mar 20, 2016

Good insight into a music genius. My only complaint is the brief treatment given to his later career. Since this books publication he has ridden another high wave with Daft Punk.
His story is truly about the redemptive and healing power of music.

CMLibrary_gjd Jan 07, 2016

Once you read this autobiography, you will fully realize what an influence Niles Rodgers has had in popular music and culture. He has guided MANY artists though the system, yet still remains a humble, down to earth man. Pick this up today if you are interested in the music business.

Jan 17, 2015

Talk about not knowing how good you have it in terms of your family drug dealing but fo real tho and Nile is pretty narcissistic but he aint exactly George Clooney.

ManUtdFan Feb 03, 2012

Really good music bio. Nile spills the beans on his tough upbringing, the artists he has worked with and his stuggles with addiction over the decades. Amazing life sotry and well worth a read.


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Jul 29, 2020

Bernard had been my protector since we'd become friends some 25 years earlier. Now he was dead.


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