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Nile Rodgers
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Musician
    (September 19, 1952- )
    Born in New York City, New York
    ’Guitarist, songwriter, and music producer
    With Bernard Edwards, co-founder of Chic
    Member of the Honeydrippers (1984-85) and Outloud (1987)
    Recorded the solo albums ‘Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove’ (1983), ‘B-Movie Matinee’ (1985), ‘Chic Freak and More Treats’ (1996) and ‘Live at Budokan’ (1999)
    Composed scores for the films ‘Coming to America’ (1988), ‘Earth Girls Are Easy’ (1989), ‘Beverly Hills Cop III’ (1994) and ‘Blue Chips’ (1994)
    Produced records by Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Deborah Harry, David Bowie, Madonna, INXS, Duran Duran, the Thompson Twins, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton, Grace Jones, Laurie Anderson, Al Jarreau, Depeche Mode, the B-52s, All-4-One, Michael Bolton, Adam Lambert, Daft Punk and Christina Aguilera
    Inducted with Bernard Edwards into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2016)
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2017)
    He joined the Black Panthers as a teen. (‘I thought I was going to be a serious revolutionary, a la Che Guevara.’)
    He originally wrote Chic’s hit ‘Freak Out’ as ‘Fuck Off’ to express his annoyance at being denied entrance to Studio 54.
    After he became a Studio 54 regular, he would spend entire evenings in the women’s restroom, snorting cocaine.
    He was carried out of Madonna’s birthday party in a drunken stupor.
    He flatlined eight times during a drug binge with Mickey Rourke, and was pronounced dead before being revived.
    His solo recordings have been nowhere near as successful as either his work with Chic or his productions for other artists.
    His induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame via the ‘Award for Musical Excellence’ seems like a consolation prize for Chic failing to be elected during a dozen nominations.
    In his teens, he played in the house band at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater and in the touring band for the Sesame Street stage show.
    He played at Live Aid, backing both Madonna and the Thompson Twins.
    He went to rehab for his drug and alcohol problems (1994).
    He said about songwriting, ‘It's got to hit me in my soul. It doesn't have to be overly intellectual or some complicated thing, it just has to be cool. I can't explain it but I know it when I arrive there.’
    He has performed on, written, or produced records that have sold over 100 million copies.

Credit: C. Fishel


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