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They Call Me Supermensch

A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock'n'Roll
Narrated by: Shep Gordon
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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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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  • Joseph F.
  • 01-11-2017

It's like he's never seen the words before

I love the story! Good stuff. Shep is reading his own words that he wrote, but at times it's like he's seeing them for the first time. I still enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Melanie
  • 05-10-2016

Life changing

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!

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  • GLENN HOOD
  • 25-09-2016

Truly enlightening.

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.

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  • Bean
  • 12-08-2019

Wow

What a guy. What a life. What a story. I came because of Alice... stayed because of Shep.

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  • SherryH
  • 31-07-2019

Wasn't What I Thought

It wasn't what I thought it would be and that's a good thing. And I can hear Shep saying that so let's start with performance. Spoken in Shep's voice, which is somewhat monotone, could be boring - isn't. I think it actually adds to have his accent as another feature. Now onto the autobiography... All the sex, drugs (for me, especially the drugs), and rock n roll, was getting a little tedious in the beginning, but I have to say I feel the story is honestly told; many lessons learned, and and shared - the bottom line, fascinating.
PS Shep, somewhere in this house is a tape of "The Duelist". Faults, yes, but we always felt it was up there with Barry Lyndon. So, "Peace out." and have a good rest of your run. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous
  • 18-06-2019

Unbelievable!

He has done more in one lifetime than most people could do in 10! I A backstage pass to some unbelievable stories.

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  • JamesT
  • 29-04-2019

I never knew

what a great story - i never knew of Shep Gprdon - but what a life and the famous people he interacted with - along with some perfectly illustrated life lessons - highly recommend

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  • Mark Donovan
  • 10-03-2019

Shep Gordon is a Super Man

Shep has lived an inspiring and wonderful life. I first heard him on Marc Maron's podcast .
And when I saw his book on audible , I took the plunge. It's a great listen & we are not worthy .

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  • Lori Daniel
  • 10-05-2018

What a fantastic and inspiring story!

I loved this book so much and especially loved hearing it in Shep’s own voice. I had no idea he was responsible for such a transformation in the food industry and was the force behind many musical talent that I love. He is Forest Gump before there was Forest Gump but with style, class and even more kindness. A super mensch indeed. I will not soon forget this story. I listened to it on one long drive and boy, did it make it memorable. Thank you, Shep, thank you.

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  • D. Lichtenstein
  • 25-04-2018

Great Inside Look

A different kind of manager, philosophy and personal relationships. The author seems like a wonderful man, the book was well written, insightful, and a pleasure to listen to. The only negative that I found, in my humble opinion, was the constant name dropping and self promotion, which was contradictory to the stories and life he was telling. The narration took a chapter or two to get used to although it does grow on you and becomes quite soothing and well done. It is a book that I would recommend to anyone interested in an unconventional management style, in a positive way, for the music stars of the 80's and the chefs of the 90's forward.

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  • Dan Climpson
  • 13-02-2019

well worth a read

the stories are entertaining and illustrate a middas touch, however the true message is about the importance of integrity and saying yes to opportunity!

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  • Mark
  • 30-03-2017

Thank you Thank you

Brilliant book, beautifully read by the author. Loved every second of it and now plan to watch the Mike Myers film.
I can't recommend this highly enough.
Top marks all round.
Thank you Shep.

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  • matt
  • 29-03-2017

Shep

Loved it so much I have told all my friends to read or listen. 5 days ago I didn't know Shep but now I won't forget him for the rest of my life 100% recommend a fantastic listen.

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  • Vicky
  • 03-03-2017

Thank you, Thank you

What did you like most about They Call Me Supermensch?

Narrated by Shep himself, this audio book is an open and inspiring account of what life can be when you embrace opportunities and remain humble. Loved it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Shep meets the Dalai Lama.

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  • Andrei
  • 06-10-2016

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.

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  • Money-Coach
  • 06-10-2016

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.