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A Minute With: Nile Rodgers on guitars, music and charity – Reuters

LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – After a career spanning six decades, veteran guitarist, composer and producer Nile Rodgers is focused on his charity work as much as music these days.

The Grammy Award winner who rose to fame in the 1970s with band Chic and hit song “Le Freak”, has collaborated with some of the biggest stars in music including David Bowie and Madonna and been an influential guitarist, but is now selling some prized possessions for charity.

On Thursday, a range of his guitars and other belongings are being auctioned, with proceeds going to his We Are Family Foundation.

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Rodgers, who will also host an online Christmas concert for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins on Sunday, spoke about his work, foundation and the auction in an interview with Reuters.

Below are excerpts edited for length and clarity.

Q: Can you talk about the guitars being auctioned?

Rodgers: “97% of the records that I’ve produced, I also play on and I play one guitar in particular but I also use the right tool for the right job.

“I don’t have such an accurate memory of every …….

Source: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/minute-with-nile-rodgers-guitars-music-charity-2021-12-16/

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They played to passengers all afternoon on Wednesday.

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