Recently we had the opportunity to enjoy an intimate audience with Mr Chic himself, Nile Rodgers, as he spoke about his recently released memoir ‘Le Freak’.
If you are unaware of Rodgers’ work, as guitarist for disco pioneers Chic or as basically the greatest producer of the early 1980s, then there is no way you will be unfamiliar with his output. From Chic’s disco expansion alongside bassist Bernard Edwards on songs such as ‘Le Freak’ and ‘Good Times’ (itself one of the most sampled tunes in rap history, including of course on ‘Rapper’s Delight’), through to his work with Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, the list goes on and on. Rodgers’ sound defined 80s pop and R’n’B, often capturing the excess of the age along the way.
The stories he had to tell were amazing, including his own battle against alcohol and cocaine, as he lived the good times high life. Now battling once more, this time against cancer, Rodgers’ is a life spent at the very foreground of some of the best music ever made. We wish him well, and just hope that being up close and personal means that some of the musical magic rubs off on us. If not, we’ll just get the book, hook up our glitter ball, and get our own good times going behind closed doors. Who said disco is dead?