Nile Rodgers (2012 event)
He may be best known for the disco hit Le Freak but Nile Rodgers’ influence on pop music has been so very much greater than that. Rodgers wrote and produced classics such as Like a Virgin for Madonna, We Are Family for Sister Sledge and David Bowie’s bestselling album Let’s Dance. He’s worked with Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Prince and Debbie Harry; he’s jammed with Jimi and dined out with Diana. Nile Rodgers also happens to be a brilliant storyteller, and in this event, recorded live at Edinburgh International Book Festival, he talks to Irvine Welsh, recounting the joy and pain of a life at the heart of the pop industry, and he throws in an impromptu jamming session just for the hell of it.