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‘Music gives people hope.” Nile Rodgers understands this statement better than most.

The 63-year-old grew up the son of drug-addicted parents, dragged from pillar to post across the East Coast of the United States, but it was his love of jazz and rhythm and blues music that helped him escape poverty, leading him to become a defining figure of the late-1970s disco era with his stylish funk troupe Chic.

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