le 18 février 2014
I very much enjoyed this book, which tells a great tale about how Nile managed to achieve fame, riches and success, starting from a pretty desperate family background. Nile has a lot to tell, when I finished the book I was actually sorry that I had reached the end of the story, which for me is a quite rare experience as a book reader. It really gripped me. Nile comes across as a very nice man, although admittedly (quite) a bit weird. I recently also read the autobiography of Neil Young, and while I like the music of Neil generally more than Nile's music, based on their books I would definitely prefer to spend a day with Niles than with Neil. Nile's book is also much better than Neil's book.
le 5 septembre 2013
Difficult to do justice to the life stories in this book in just a few words. Literature it ain't but NR certainly has a way with stories. (It's been edited and marketed but not ghost-written, by the way). I'm glad he still remembers and is still here to tell the tale... (you'll have to read to understand). This book sheds light on the creative process and the hidden depth in the work of Chic and Nile's subsequent projects. I couldn't put it down and I'm still thinking about it weeks later. NR's music is easily accessible and has a highly-polished surface but there's much depth too (far beyond NR's cheesy cameo in Get Lucky). Chic: Savoir faire. Nile Rodgers: Savoir (sur)vivre.
le 6 juin 2014
Very well written. Nile Rodgers puts you inside New York's scene on the late seventies (Studio54 and all that...), early eighties. Get to know a great musician & person and his fundamental role on the last 35 years of modern music - Disco, pop (Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran... you name it) Rap (Rappers Delight was made over Chic material), etc.
Great book! I loved the music before i read it, know i respect it even more.