An eye-popping peek into the 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, an agent, and a 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 to Groucho Marx, Blondie to Jimi Hendrix, Sylvester Stallone to Salvador Dali, Luther Vandross to Teddy Pendergrass. He is also credited with inventing the "celebrity chef" and has worked with Nobu Matsuhisa, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Roger Vergé, and many others, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
In this wonderfully engaging memoir, the charismatic entertainment legend recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a "shy, no self-esteem Jewish nebbisher kid with no ambition" in Oceanside, Long Island, to his unexpected rise as one of the most influential and respected personalities in show business, revered for his kindness, charisma - and fondness for a good time.
Gordon shares riotous anecdotes and outrageous accounts of his freewheeling, globe-trotting experiences with some of the biggest celebrities of the past five decades, including his first meeting with Janice Joplin in 1968, when the raspy singer punched him in the face.
Told with incomparable humor and heart, They Call Me Supermensch is a sincere, hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the worlds of music and entertainment from the consummate Hollywood insider.
©2016 Shep Gordon (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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What a great journey! I feel like I was in each phase of Shep's life...and I was thrilled to be there! Shep, thank you, thank you!
If you have found your way to this book, Congratulations. Shep Gordon will not give you 5 steps to change your life, But what he will do is demonstrate how to be successful. Read, Share and enjoy.
I'd never heard of Shep until I saw a segment about him on a news show but it seems the entire music and culinary worlds were 6 ° of him. I was fascinated in large part because I'm from the same generation and in lesser part because of his stories.
And what stories! And what values. And what capacity for women and drugs. And what a need for love as a fallback goal. If only he'd been as clear about that as he was his business goals.
It was great fun listening to him read his own story. Half way through the book I decided to watch the movie. The book is better but the movie puts a different human twist to his life that was very enjoyable.
I'm sad for him. Just a little. Because he's alone. I hope that those for whom HE holds coupons make his last years good ones.
He changed lives. He changed parts of Hollywood, rock and created culinary celebrities. He helped people. He WAS of service to so many names we all know and to Mia's children that we can meet in the movie.
Shep, I will always carry part of you in my heart and your voice in my head. As you would say, "Thank you. Thank you." Aloha.
"good book, but I've heard it before"
the stories are great, and it's fascinating to hear all about such an impressive life, but I recently heard Shep on the radio, and then I heard his episode on the WTF podcast, so I've heard the same stories three times now. He definitely would be someone cool to hang out with and talk/listen to, but his narration didn't do it for me. Still a good book, and worth the credit I paid, so I'm happy.
"Shep is a legend"
Shep is a legend and I really enjoyed listening to the audio book. Was good to hear him tell the stories.
"He's Invited To The Party"
it is the rare yarn that can bring a tear to my eye or a lump to my throat while commuting north and south on I-5 in western Washington. Supermensch has made the list of the 20 most interesting people I'd invite to a party dead or alive based on this book and the instant desire it put in me to watch the film. oh how I would love to hang out with this guy my place or his and just chew the fat while cooking and listening to great music.
"great stories and great life philosophy"
very good book if you like rock history. shep has a great outllok on life and his positivity is great to hear
"A MUST READ"
Absolutely. This book will bring you and all of your friends and family back to the 60s 70s 80s 90s and 2000 Shep has had a magical career but also has learned to serve.
I would say when he started to understand that being of service made you happier than anything else in the world.
He did an awesome job. He's charismatic and it feels like you're sitting on a couch in front of the fireplace talking to him.
It made me laugh and give me a travel down memory lane.
I saw the documentary that went along with this book about two years ago from the moment I turned it on I was captivated. With the start of dealing drugs in Los Angeles in the 60s to ending up on the beaches of Maui this book will give you a wild ride. I along with Shep came to a point in my life where I understood at a relatively young age my early 30s that being of service spell better than anything else in the world. He seems to have nine lives and it sounds like he at least has four or five left ago.
"Thank you, thank you"
Truly one of the best audio productions I've listened to. Shep's narration is a real treat, hearing these stories told by the man himself is an incredible and unique experience. I listened to this in its entirety within 24 hours. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Thank you, thank you Shep
"The World Needs More Shep Gordon's"
The story of Shep's personal and professional life is inspiring and the principles should be taught in business school.
His commitment to living a life a gratitude, thankfulness, honesty, and doing life on a handshake would solve a lot of issues in our society if we all lived that way.
It's good to see one of the nicest of guys finish at the top. I have already purchased extra copies of the book and mailed them to colleagues, friends and my children. A must read for those committed to a life of kindness and gratitude.
"Amazing life story"
This is one of the very few books that made me laugh and cry sometimes at the same time. It's such an amazing story of a life well leaved and well told with strong values that guided Shep throughout and with spontaneity.
"Moving and funny"
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I found it warm, funny and very very real.
Would love to meet Shep one day.
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