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Monday, November 21, 2011

Le Freak

Continuing on with my love of celebrity autobiography, I picked up Nile Rodger's Le Freak after reviews came out.  I thought it would be interesting to read about the man who wrote and produced some of the biggest hits to date and some of my personal favorite records.

Interesting it was.  Do you know the band Chic? I imagine 90% of you won't.  But you do know "Le Freak (Freak Out)," don't you? "Ahhhhhhhhh, freak out!"  Yeah you do.  It turns out Nile and his bandmate Bernard wrote this little ditty after being denied entry to Studio 54.  There was another phrase that started it, which you can surmise on your own.  Chic--the most well-known unknown band of the disco era.

As Nile moved forward as a producer he brought to the world such classics as David Bowie's Let's Dance and Madonna's seminal Like A Virgin, both of which are the respective artists biggest hits to date.  This memoir is fascinating as a history lesson in contemporary pop, and a little juicy to boot.

If you are even remotely close to calling yourself a music nerd, this is a book you should pick up and revel in.  Nile is a product of his era and it is fascinating to hear him tell his tales of how he ended ip here today, being in the right place and time for where his talents lied (not unlike Bill Gates and Steve Jobs at the dawn of the technological era, which occurred to me often while reading this book).

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