Thursday, July 25, 2024

A Close Call

Walking on Planet C

A Close Call

View of a narrow swath of clouds between the mountains in Basel, Switzerland from my airplane window

I was really nervous during today's landing in Basel, Switzerland. The mountains outside the window were higher than the plane's altitude and we'd been descending for quite a few minutes. The only thing visible below were clouds. As soon as we cleared the clouds, the runway was right there. For me, it was A Close Call.

I'm on the road doing live shows with The CHIC Organization and a book signing tour for my memoir "Le Freak."

In it, I talk about many members of CHIC who've been taken by the grim reaper, including myself. Fortunately when I died in the late 80's, the doctors brought me back. But it was A Close Call.


St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital - where they brought me back after I was clinically dead in the 80's

Rick James & me - I had many close calls with him

Bernard Edwards - R.I.P.

Tony Thompson - R.I.P.

Luther Vandross - R.I.P.

Raymond Jones - R.I.P.


Le Freak:
An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny
Written by Nile Rodgers

Category: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians; Music - Popular
Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: October 2011
Price: $ 12.99
ISBN: 978-0-679-64403-3 (0-679-64403-2)

Available as a hardcover and eBook.

You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy.

Today's pop music—genre-crossing, gender-bending, racially mixed, visually stylish, and dominated by dance music with global appeal—is the world that Nile Rodgers created. In the 1970s and 1980s, he wrote and produced the songs that defined that era and everything that came after: "Le Freak," "Good Times," "We Are Family," "Like a Virgin," "Modern Love," "I'm Coming Out," "The Reflex," "Rapper's Delight." Aside from his own band, Chic, he worked with everyone from Diana Ross and Madonna to David Bowie and Duran Duran (not to mention Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Prince, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Depeche Mode, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Grace Jones, Bryan Ferry, INXS, and the B-52's), transforming their music, selling millions of records, and redefining what a pop song could be.

Read more about and pre-order the upcoming memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"