Rock and roll might be an audio medium, but sometimes, its intricacies and experiences can only be thoroughly explained through the longer-form approach of writing. And so it is with Pepé Willie, veteran producer, songwriter, and musician, a key player in the iconic Minneapolis music scene.
He had teamed up with Tony Kiene to deliver this explosive and revealing insight into one man’s journey through the musical landscape at a time when music changed through a series of innovative and experimental new technologies and ideas every year. It is a book that will have a widespread appeal. Everyone from the music historian to the discerning music fan, from the technically minded to the casual listener.
With an uncle who was a founding member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Little Anthony and The Imperials, it was perhaps inevitable the path he would take. And take it he did and the book, as the title suggests, follows his six-decade career. A career sees him rise from a runner at iconic venues such as Brooklyn Fox and Paramount Theatre and catches him in New York for the birth of the R’n’B scene, a vital driving force of the Minneapolis funk sound and sees him working with artists who would become global starts, most notably of all, Prince.
The musical landscape doesn’t seem to have many authentic characters, creators, and crusaders these days, but Pepé was undoubtedly all of those things. This is his story, and you don’t want to miss one minute of this retelling of his musical life.