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Live 8 DVD set here
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Nile Rogers at Live 8
Nile Rodgers (born September 19, 1952) is a prolific
guitarist and music producer.
He began his career as a sessions guitarist in New York, playing with
the Sesame Street band in his teens, and then working in the house band
at Harlem's renowned Apollo Theater, backing artists like Aretha Franklin,
Ben E. King, Nancy Wilson, and Parliament Funkadelic.
He met bassist Bernard Edwards in 1970. They formed a rock band called
The Boys (later the Big Apple Band) and played numerous gigs around New
York City, but despite interest in their demos, they could not get a record
contract when the music companies discovered they were black; the discrimination
of the day said black artists couldn't play "rock".
These experiences, in addition to activist tenor of the times, led to
Rodgers' active involvement in the Black Panther Party in New York. The
1999 documentary film Public Enemy contains history and interviews with
Rodgers about these times.
Not the type to give up on their musical dreams, in 1977 Rodgers and Edwards
joined forces with drummer Tony Thompson to form the funk/disco band Chic,
and went on to score numerous top ten hits and helped propel disco to
new levels of popularity. Their songs "Everybody Dance", "Le
Freak" and "Good Times" remain among the most sampled songs
of the disco era. Chic dissolved in 1983.
As Chic's sound became more popular and sought-after, Rodgers began doing
record production. He produced, wrote, and performed with the band Sister
Sledge. In 1980 he produced for Diana Ross, yielding the smash hits "Upside
Down" and "I'm Coming Out". In 1981, Deborah Harry worked
with Rodgers on the unpopular album Koo Koo. In 1983 Rodgers produced
David Bowie's album Let's Dance with several hit singles, and in 1985
produced Madonna's blockbuster album Like a
Duran Duran worked extensively with Rodgers after he produced the hit
single "The Reflex" in 1983 and followed up with "Wild
Boys" for inclusion on their 1984 live album Arena. He worked with
members John Taylor and Andy Taylor on their side project Power Station
in 1985, which produced two hit singles. In 1986, he produced the entirety
of Duran Duran's funky and horn-inflectd Notorious album, which yielded
a #2 title track hit. He contributed to numerous other projects and appearances
with members of the band throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and in 2002-2003
helped to produce Astronaut, the new album by the original five members
of the band.
He formed the short-lived band Outloud in 1987; they released a single
After a 1992 birthday party where Rodgers, Edwards, Paul Schaffer and
Anton Fig played old Chic hits to rapturous response, Rodgers and Edwards
organized the reunion of the old band. They recorded new material and
played live all over the world, to great audience and critical acclaim.
In 1996 Rodgers was honored as the "Top Producer In the World"
in Billboard Magazine, and was named a JT Super Producer. That year he
performed with Bernard Edwards, Sister Sledge, Steve Winwood, Simon Le
Bon and Slash in a series of commemorative
concerts in Japan which provided a career retrospective. Unfortunately
his longtime musical partner Edwards died of pneumonia during the trip,
a blow that Rodgers took very hard.
In 1998, Rodgers founded Sumthing Distribution, the largest African-American
owned independent music label distribution company in America. Sumthing
currently focuses on the distribution in a fast-growing new genre: video
The September 11, 2001 attacks prompted Rodgers to found the "We
Are Family Project". To begin, he organized a re-recording of the
Sister Sledge song "We Are Family" by over 200 celebrities,
and another recording involving over 100 beloved children's characters,
each with accompanying videos and documentaries. He has prompted the United
States Congress to create a "National We Are Family Day" to
be celebrated on March 11 each year . In July of 2002, he officially
created the We Are Family Foundation to promote tolerance and multiculturalism
and to support victims of intolerance.
Rodgers has received a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Heroes Award from
the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
In Winter of 2005, Rodgers will open a state-of-the-art recording studio
at Amanyara, the first Aman Resort in the Caribbean, on the Turks and
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