Westport Library's 'Le Freak' moment: Nile Rodgers steps out
Updated 6:28 am, Monday, January 23, 2012
Producer, songwriter and composer Nile Rodgers will talk about his new memoir "Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco & Destiny Le Freak" 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.
The book gives an account of his birth to a 13-year-old New York City junkie to his later success and fame in the world of big-time pop music, according to a news release from the library. The book recounts his life in a dysfunctional family held together by "drugs, crime, and love," wherein he tells of fighting severe asthma as a child while living with heroin-addicted parents.
"Le Freak" was also the name of Rodger's first hit song, produced after the formation of the band Chic in the late 1970s, and followed by recordings such as "We Are Family," "Let's Dance," and "I'm Coming Out," the release states. He went on to produce hits for such stars as Madonna, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Duran Duran.
Chic's success led Rodgers, the band's rhythm guitarist, to a record-producing career with artists and soundtracks for films such as "Coming to America" with Eddie Murphy, and "White Hot," the first HD motion picture.
The event is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing, with profits benefiting the library.
For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.