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Pepé Willie’s Captivating Memoir Gives Insight And Inspiration



Pepé Willie
Pepé Willie
has spent six decades in the music industry solidifying himself as the Godfather of the Minneapolis Sound. Most popularly known for his work as Prince’s first producer, Willie’s influence in the music industry reaches far deeper and wider than his Minnesota roots. His new memoir, “If You See Me: My Six Decade Journey in Rock and Roll.”, is filled with insightful views of the music industry and the amazing personal stories that have helped define Pepé Willie as an icon.

From Brooklyn Beginnings to the Music of Minneapolis

Pepé Willie has been immersed in music from an early age. With a family as deep in the music industry as Willie’s, it can be said that music was in his blood. At 15 he began working backstage at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater where he learned the ins and outs of the industry firsthand from artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. He began working on his music during this time.

Willie later moved to Minneapolis where he began the journey of creating his first demo. It was at this time that Pepé Willie started working with his wife’s cousin, Prince. He mentored the young guitar player and invited him to record with his group, 94 East. The rest, they say, is music history.

After decades of influence in the music industry as a producer, songwriter, and musician Pepé Willie started his own company Pepé Music Inc and his label, Reo Deo. His memoir, “If You See Me: My Six Decade Journey in Rock and Roll.”, is his latest legendary contribution to the music industry.

A Memoir of More than Memories

While “If You See Me: My Six Decade Journey in Rock and Roll,” is filled with six decades worth of stories and anecdotes featuring a never-ending list of legends of the music industry, it is Pepé’s insights and interjections that make the book so special.

Willie’s memoir is filled with insightful looks into the music industry. Throughout the memoir, Willie provides context for the evolution of the industry and the part he played in each step. Not only does he look back at six decades in music, but he looks forward to the future and provides his thoughts on where the music industry is headed. His account is a roadmap for any young musician looking to make it.

“If You See Me: My Six Decade Journey in Rock and Roll” is a beautiful and inspiring tome for those who want to know the ins and outs of the music industry. From the creative process of making music to the business savvy required to make it profitable, Pepé Willie covers it all. The memoir is filled with valuable insight into the industry with captivating stories of hard work, dedication, and inspiration woven throughout the pages from cover to cover.

“If You See Me: My Six Decade Journey in Rock and Roll” is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press and is available wherever books are sold.

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By Erick Ycaza

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style. Surprisingly, I have been blogging and writing about music since 2007.