The Last Bookstore is pleased to Present a reading, slide show of rare photographs, and Q&A by Owen Husney, the man who discovered the artist Prince. Husney’s memoir, Famous People Who’ve Met Me, covers the music-related events in his life that led up to meeting the 18 yr old prodigy, signing the biggest record deal in history at the time for a young artist, living together, and beyond. It’s a true encapsulation of the “golden years” of the music business.
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Famous People Who’ve Met Me is an outrageous collection of true stories starring oddball characters, behind the scenes gurus, scoundrels, and brilliant superstars in the music business straight out of Minnesota. The unique memoir does more than just recount tales; it’s a true in-depth character study as told through the eyes of musician, agent, concert promoter, and manager Owen Husney. The stories reflect not only his crazy, sometimes dark experiences but also his contributions to the world of music — from Elvis to Al Jarreau, Richard Harris to Yanni, Hendrix to K-Tel, Prince to The Revolution.
“During his lengthy, many-chaptered career as a music business insider, Owen Husney has crossed paths with a host of big names, from Elvis Presley to Yanni. But much of Husney’s just-released memoir, Famous People Who’ve Met Me, concerns his management of Prince, the future music legend who Husney discovered back in 1976.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Famous People Who’ve Met Me manages to be both witty and touching, a tough combination to pull off by a first-time writer. By all means, come for the Prince stories, but stick around for everything before and after.” Innocent Words Magazine & Records
“We’re not going to lie, it’s pretty f***ing good.” – Noisey.vice.com
As an 18 year old artist, Owen Husney, along with his band The High Spirits, recorded a version of Bobby Bland’s, “Turn on Your Love light.” The record not only soared to #1 in his hometown of Minneapolis Minnesota, but reached “top 10” in 19 cities around the US.
Husney eventually became a promoter, and through his famed art deco nightclub, “The Marigold” was the first to introduce Midwest audiences to the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Ry Cooder and Foghat.
By the early 70’s Husney became a rock and roll marketer on tour with The Rolling Stones, actor Richard Harris (MacArthur Park), Alice Cooper, and Sonny and Cher.
Husney then opened his own entertainment marketing and advertising company in Minneapolis and took on Warner Bros. Records creating campaigns for their top artists. He brought Wisconsin native and legendary Jazz singer Al Jarreau to California where he was signed to Warner Bros Records by Patrick Rains.
Today, living in Los Angeles, Husney’s focus is music publishing and classic record masters. Husney, working with the Beatles publisher, launched “Beatles Reimagined,” in honor of the Beatles 50th anniversary in 2013. He currently co-manages the estate of artist, Bobby Darin.
In addition to his business, Husney teaches “The Basics of the Business of Music” at UCLA. He is also on the Valley Advisory Board of Our House Grief Support Center, the largest grief support center in California.
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