This is the first part of a two-part interview focusing on the life and work of musician, producer, composer, author, and philanthropist Nile Rodgers. Nile Rodgers gained early success in the music industry as guitarist and principal songwriter for the acclaimed disco/R&B band, CHIC. After releasing such hits as "Good Times," "Le Freak," and "Everybody Dance," Rodgers went on to produce a series of successful albums for other artists: Sister Sledge's We Are Family; Diana Ross' Diana; David Bowie's Let's Dance; Madonna's Like a Virgin; and Duran Duran's Notorious. He has received numerous accolades, including multiple Grammys and multiplatinum hits. In addition to working with contemporary experimental pop artists like Daft Punk and Adam Lambert, Rodgers has written an autobiography, Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny. He also is the author of a blog, Walking on Planet C, where he documents his recent battle with cancer. In 2002, Rodgers founded the We Are Family Foundation to promote global cultural diversity among young people around the world. This first episode focuses on Rodgers' formative years in New York City, as documented in Le Freak. He recounts how a difficult but intellectually-stimulating upbringing inspired his strong work ethic, creativity, and curiosity. Rodgers further addresses the value of pop music icons, the demise of the disco scene, and his influence on early hip-hop culture. This episode also features exclusive footage of Rodgers' guitar improvisation. Join Paula Marantz Cohen, Drexel University English professor and program host, as she talks with Nile Rodgers in this episode of The Drexel InterView.
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Episode #218 / Length: 26 minutes