Nile Rodgers – Outlook, 14/11/2011

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.

Chic at Hyde Park, September 11, 2011And finally, here is Nile Rodgers again being interviewed by Lauren Laverne.


Elbow at Manchester Cathedral

A week ago, Elbow played a concert in Manchester Cathedral. This was a bit of a homecoming for them after world tours and a fantastic Glastonbury Festival this year. The show was broadcast live on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 ‘In Concert’ and on the ‘Red Button’ channel on TV. The encore was broadcast during Gideon Coe’s show on DAB digital station BBC 6 Music.

I am listening to the show now, a week later, on BBC iPlayer, and it will be available there for just a few more hours. Until it’s replaced by tonight’s show.

I suspect that readers outside the UK might struggle to access BBC iPlayer but I’ve heard that there are ways around this geographical restriction.

I don’t know how to form links here, yet, but since this is only valid for a short while:

Cheers, Mick