They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock’n’Roll
An eye-popping peek into entertainment industry from the magnetic force who has worked with an impeccable roster of stars throughout his storied career.
In the course of his legendary career as a manager, agent, and producer, Shep Gordon has worked with, and befriended, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Alice Cooper to Bette Davis, Raquel Welch t...more
They Call Me Supermensch is the entertaining true story of how “Little Shep from Oceanside” came to be one of the ...more
With that as a background ...more
He dates Sharon Stone, met Groucho Marx through Alice Cooper, helped Teddy Pendergrass make his comeback after accident, gets treated to dinner by Salvador Dali [who pays not with money but by signing his napkin], has a brick wall built at the concert venue each night to keep Luther Vandross from having to see or hear Anita Baker when they were touring together, and ...more
The book is very engaging and it was great fun to read. But I have one complaint, something that nagged at me about this book until I finally figured out exactly what it is.
Mr. Gordon, a lifelong cannabis user, talks quite nonchalantly about hi ...more
I had seen the documentary on Shep Gordon which Mike Myers out together a couple of years ago, and was already familiar with him because of the 50 years he has managed Alice Cooper, in large part thanks to Bob Greene's excellent book "Billion Dollar Baby" published in 1974 which I've had for many years. Gordon branched out and started managing actors and was largely responsible for popularizing the idea of "celebrity chefs", starting with Emeril Lagas ...more
Mr. Gordon's narrative is relaxed and unpretentious. You feel like you're having a conversation with a self-effacing, fun guy in his kitchen who lights up a joint and prepares a meal for you while you're waiting for the other g ...more
Such a wonderful and insightful read. I'm so happy to have come across this book on amazon, because God knows how long it would've taken me to learn about this amazing guy Shep Gordon on my own and his huge impact on so many things that we now consider a given.
I started this one after reading the Slash's autobiography and, oh my, both are just great and, in my opinion, complement each other really well. Both give some great insight on the workings of the U.S. rock music industry in the ...more
Enlightening look into how Alice Cooper, Luther Vandross, Emeril Lagasse, and many lesser known artists became superstars.
Talent alone does not create a career. Fame corrupts. Drugs kill people and ruin lives. Helping others brings good things for everyone involved.
The book starts of slow and really picks up pace with the Pendergrass story.
He seems to believe that because he states an opinion, that simple statement validates the veracity of his words. Just because he says something does not make it true.
No doubt he is very good at creating value and promotion of ideas and concepts, but his Supermensch ego could stand to be trimmed a little
As a fan of many artists Shep worked with, it was so fascinating to see stories of how a career is built from the ground up (or was, since the entertainment businesses are so different now).
For showbiz fans only.
Loved the book. Smooth easy reading of a life well lived. And Gordon is a great story teller who has great stories to tell. I saw the Mike Myers documentary and hear Gordon on Marc Maron. Can' t get enough of this kind of stuff. Recommended.