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The 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time

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Nile Rodgers: 'Le Freak' (2011)


Nile Rodgers: Le Freak (2011)
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The "sex, drugs and disco" revolution of the Seventies, as seen by the Chic guitarist who permanently changed the way music sounds and feels and moves. This is a cerebral and unabashed celebration of disco; as Rodgers puts it, "We shared Afrobromantic dreams of what it would be like to have real artistic freedom." He also reveals that when he and Bernard Edwards wrote the classic "Upside Down" for Diana Ross, everybody at Motown hated it. "We played it for Gene Simmons of KISS, who was recording next door, and he told us it was great. We respected Gene, but he was dating Diana Ross at the time, so what else would he say?"

Related:
Nile Rodgers on Working With Daft Punk
Nile Rodgers' Ultimate Disco Playlist
Photos: Nile Rodgers, C'est Chic


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