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.
"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.
"Thank you, Mahalo nui loa, Gracias, Mille graci,"
Shep Gordon is a real human being, who recognizes, reflects and shares his strengths and weaknesses, his triumphs and defeats. He is grateful for all of it and doesnʻt seem to have regrets or coulda, shoulda, woulda. His life is that of a serial opportunist, who as he says, didnʻt wait for history, he created it. The miracles that he created and the lives he touched, the generosity he displays and his philosophy of donʻt get mad keep the vision in sight are ways we all can benefit from this remarkable tale of a real cultural hero. He always loved what he did and he did what he loved and he is a living, breathing example that if one follows oneʻs heart the abundance will flow.
I loved what he did for Groucho Marx in his later years. That a man like Groucho could reach a place where he could not afford a night nurse is such a sad commentary. Mr Gordonʻs selfless involvement with bringing some financial security into Grouchoʻs life was so touching and such an amazing gift to a great artist.
Itʻs his story, itʻs as if he was sitting in your den talking to you one on one about his life; telling you all about these people who we all know, many because of him, but that we did not know the way he did. He shares his friends, friendships and the story like no narrator could. I canʻt imagine anyone reading the book when they can listen to Shep tell the story. It doesnʻt feel like he is reading it.
I think his relationship with Winona and her children, that he has cared for and about she and her family without having the obligation of marriage for so many years is another example of the selflessness and generosity of this remarkable person.
Mr. Gordon is a cultural hero. He was forged in the ʻ60s, blossomed in the 70s & 80s, and harvested in the 90s & 2000s. That he was and is one who takes nothing for granted, who loves Hana and Maui, and is uncomfortable in the light is so unusual. Nothing he does or has done is expected. He went where no one had gone before and transformed all he touched. That he has been in the business for more than 50 years and never had a contract with any of his associates, only a hand shake, is a way of doing business that has long been forgotten. First get the money, second donʻt forget to get the money, Third make sure you get the money!! I love that. The three things a manager must do. Beautiful.
Everything about this story is wonderful. He doesnʻt go that deeply into his spiritual side, for example, his relationship with the Dalai Lama, but I did love when he described the unique nature of our individual beings and attributed that to a higher power that we have different names for, but no matter what we name it, itʻs still the same power. This is a marvelous listen and Iʻm sure read, which I will listen to again.
"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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