This wasn’t the first time that Nile Rodgers has assaulted my ears this year. I heard the programme on BBC World Service this morning. ‘Outlook’ features ‘Extraordinary personal stories from around the world.’ And this week’s subject was Nile Rodgers. It is available here for a week: BBC World Service Programmes – Outlook, 14/11/2011.
He is interviewed by Matthew Bannister on the occasion of the publication of his autobiography entitled ‘Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny’. He did indeed have a very difficult upbringing which makes it all the more surprising, perhaps, that he could write fantastic, uplifting songs such as ‘Good Times’.
Previously, in September 2011, my wife and I attended the Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park Concert, billed as ‘a festival in a day’. And amongst the artistes playing were Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers and his very distinctive guitar sound. Although the Sun was going down by the time they appeared on stage, they brought their own sunshine.