Friday, November 24, 2017

Walking on Planet C

Airport Sheraton Hotel in Frankfurt


Airport Sheraton Hotel in Frankfurt

I am so disappointed. In yesterday's blog I gave a detailed account of what the next two days of my life were going to be like. I presented it as fact. My plans were crystal clear because they'd been scheduled for months.

When this blog goes out today, I don't know where in the world I'll be. I'm setting it to go out in advance and I'm hoping to be over the North Sea, but it's supposed to snow in Germany which is where I am at the moment of me writing this.

I'm still here because today was the first major snowfall of the year in Europe and it changed my perfect plans completely. The only thing that I'll present as fact today is: I spent last night in the Airport Sheraton Hotel in Frankfurt.

 


We got checked into Bremen Airport in no time at all. A few moments later they told us the flight was delayed two hours


Folami in Germany a few days ago


Kimberly a few days ago in Germany


Me in Germany a few days ago

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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Five O'Clock AM EST (New York)


A plane bound for America

As this blog goes out, I'm sitting in the airport in Bremen, Germany. It's Five O'Clock AM Eastern Standard Time but it's eleven o'clock here. In an hour I'll catch one flight then transfer to another bound for America. If all goes right I'll be in my bed by 10:00 PM EST. This string of gigs, including last night's private concert, have been very memorable. We've not had one bad show in almost two months.

In these lean economic times, a live shows is a real bargain. It brings entertainment and entertainers back to the basics. In the CHIC Organization our motto is: "We play for free - we get paid to travel." After I do a full day of traveling today, and before I go out for my morning walk tomorrow, I'll write and send out my daily blog at Five O'clock AM EST (New York).

 


CHIC leaving the stage


Five O'Clock AM EST (New York)

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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Where Does The Time Go?


Div4s, Alison Moyet, Seal and me

Tonight we performed our final show of The Night of the Proms. The month seemed to fly by. Where Does The Time Go?

This is a great organization and they make everybody feel like family. In fact, we end each performance with the song "We Are Family" - a song Bernard Edwards and I wrote for Sister Sledge way back in 1978. Where Does The Time Go?

 


Last Night of the Proms


Maestro Robert Groslot and Il Novecento


Last Night of the Proms - rigging ladder


Last Night of the Proms - Stanfour smoking!


Backstage


Seal shooting Div4s and me


Folami (foreground), Alison and Kim kicking it


The sign outside my now empty dressing room


My empty dressing room


Our final show - an empty stage - Where Does the Time Go?

 

 

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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Amazing Grace


I was going for a robust walk to the top of the Dom Cathedral yesterday

I was going for a robust walk to the top of the Dom Cathedral yesterday. The beautiful church beckons because it's just a short distance from my hotel in Cologne, Germany. It is one of the few original buildings in this area that survived WWII. Amazing Grace.

Just as I was about to leave for my walk I remembered that I had arranged an important conference call with Grace Jones. Yes, that Grace Jones. The original queen of Avant-garde Underground Groove Music and Stylism.

In 1977, she changed my life by not leaving my name at the stage-door of Studio 54, causing them to refuse me entry which resulted in me writing "Le Freak," my biggest hit single. We've been friends ever since and I've never known anybody quite like Grace. She's absolutely one-of-a-kind.

After talking to Grace, who makes everyday chit-chat exciting, I was struck by the thought that she and I are still here. Many extraordinary death defying things have happened to us both. We've lost many mutual friends.

While I'm still breathing, I'm going to create as much as possible. I want next year to be the best and most productive year of my life. If I'm lucky enough to get another year after that I want it to be even better. If I can reach my goal, it will be Amazing Grace.

 


Cologne Cathedral in May 1945


Grace Jones "Pull Up to the Bumper"


CHIC "Le Freak" (US 12 Inch)


Andy Warhol - Mutual Friend


Keith Haring - Mutual Friend


Jean-Michel Basquiat - Mutual Friend


I'll talk to the Amazing Grace today and get to the Amazing Cathedral tomorrow

 

 

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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I'll Let You Know

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I'll Let You Know


Today I'm heading out to walk to the top of the Dom Cathedral

Today, I'm heading out to walk to the top of the Dom Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. It is directly across from my hotel suite.

I've been told that after I climb the five hundred or so steps, that I'll witness the best view of the city. I'll Let You Know.

 


The Dom Cathedral from my hotel suite at night


I've been told that after I climb the 500 steps I'll have a great view


They say the view is breathtaking. When I get back I'll let you know

 

 

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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Funky Business as Usual

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Funky Business as Usual


Funky Business as Usual

Tonight we played in Luxembourg. It was the first time that CHIC had performed there. The show was exciting. The people’s energy was electrifying.

In the middle of the concert there was a total blackout. We found out it was the whole of the city and not just our arena.

The people remained cool until the power came back and the show continued without a hitch. These camera shots show it was just Funky Business as Usual.

 


Funky Business as Usual


Funky Business as Usual


Funky Business as Usual


Funky Business as Usual

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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Just Say Hello

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Just Say Hello


This is me about to eat my first meal the day of my cancer surgery - The black and white picture below is me today

About a year ago, I started this daily blog to help me deal with the path of my life after I was diagnosed with aggressive cancer. I've only missed writing it a handful of days and my lifestyle is very hectic.

When I don't hear from people that I know are struggling with deadly conditions I get very worried. I've not heard from certain people that I feel close to for a long while. They usually email or DM me on Twitter. I've got a good memory and I notice when I've not heard from you even though I get thousands of emails daily.

Please check in with me just to let me know you're alright. I don't care what physical, mental, or spiritual condition you're in - Just Say Hello.


Just Saying Hello

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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BBC Breakfast Interview

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BBC Breakfast Interview


BBC Breakfast

Yesterday I did an interview on BBC Breakfast. I was back in London for a few hours promoting my memoir, "Le Freak."

After the interview, I was on a plane back to Germany to re-join the cast of Night of the Proms. I'll post pictures from that tomorrow, but in the meantime, here's my BBC Breakfast Interview.


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The legendary producer Nile Rodgers appeared on Breakfast to talk about his career and his new book, Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny.

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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Another Bounce Across Europe

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Another Bounce Across Europe


Photo Credit: Getty Images

Today I'm back in London for only a few hours. I'm doing a BBC Breakfast interview promoting my memoir, "Le Freak". I'm only here for a few hours because I'll be back on stage tonight with Night of the Proms in Dortmund, Germany.

I was here in London almost exactly a month ago doing an interview promoting my memoir, and I'd like to share that with you today, before I take Another Bounce Across Europe.

BBC OUTLOOK

The legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers.

He's the co-founder of 70s disco band Chic and has collaborated with stars like David Bowie, Madonna and Diana Ross.

He tells Matthew about his rise from being the child of heroin addicts to the top of the music industry and about his own battle with drug addiction.

Now he's written a book about his extraordinary life called Le Freak, after one of his best known songs.


Download from the BBC » HERE

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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Today's Quick Look Back

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Today's Quick Look Back


A Quick Look Back at Being with Ashford & Simpson on stage

I've always appreciated this gift called life, but sometimes I've taken it for granted. I've been clinically dead many times from drug overdoses but doctors have always brought me Back.

About a year ago, I was attacked by cancer. I started writing about my life everyday because I appreciated it even more now.

I don't want to live in the past - but it's a nice place to visit. My motto is, "Look Back, but don't stare!" This is just Today's Quick Look Back.


A Quick Look Back at the 15 year anniversary of my former partner Bernard Edwards' death in Tokyo


A Quick Look Back at 'Nard and me at Power Station


A Quick Look Back at me and Eric Clapton


A Quick Look Back at Elvis Costello at rehearsal


A Quick Look Back at me and Will.i.am


A Quick Look Back at me and Elton John about to play a few songs


A Quick Look Back at me and Lenny Kravitz backstage at our gig in London


A Quick Look Back at me and David Bowie


A Quick Look Back at the full early CHIC Organization

 

 

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 order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"


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