Chic’s hit 1979 hit song I Want Your Love was dreamt up by Nile Rodgers. He would sleep with manuscript paper next to him, so that he would be able to quickly note down any thoughts that came to him overnight. “But that song, when I woke up, the whole score was there, so I just sat there for about an hour and a half and I wrote out the entire score,” Rodgers tells Eurythmics legend Dave Stewart.

It’s a bittersweet song; Rodgers wrote it about his then girlfriend’s best friend, who he had fallen in love with.

In this intimate conversation between two pop music icons for BBC Culture – ahead of the Eurythmics Songbook at London’s Meltdown Festival, where the pair will play together for the first time – we delve into their lives and careers. From Stewart bringing Nelson Mandela on stage, to Rodgers sneaking into a nightclub with David Bowie, and how they’ve both survived more than 40 years in the music industry.

Click play on the video above to learn more.

Nile Rodgers is curating this year’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre, where Dave Stewart will be playing the Eurythmics Songbook.

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