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
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.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I found it warm, funny and very very real.
Would love to meet Shep one day.
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.
"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.
"What a dude! What a life!"
Wow. Fascinating and insightful. This man is a very rare kind of human being. A visionary who changed popular culture. Thank you Shep Gordon. Thank you. Thank you.
"A very real and inspiring reflection on a life well lived"
Listening to the autobiography "They Call Me Supermensch" - narrated by Shep Gordon himself - was like eating a bowl of great homemade chicken noodle soup after not eating for a few days -- food friendship love and business intermingle in this beautiful and touching contemplation on his own life and hugely successful career -- There's something so easy to identify with in Mr. Gordon's stories - a strongly humanizing quality to the way he negotiated and what he brought to the table - a business savvy and truly caring nature - I loved this book and highly recommend to everyone ✌🏼️
"Fun story by an exceptionally lucky man"
Well read by the author and interesting. Recommend this book to people interested in life stories
Couldn't be more privileged than to have read the autobiography of this man. He speaks so simple and so pure, yet has done more than amazing things. Anyone looking for a better view of the universe and life, read this book.
"A truly warm-hearted true story. Fantastic person"
I'm so happy I had the chance to know Shep and Alice and contribute to Billion Dollar Babies and Welcome to My Nightmare. They deserve the best. This book is a pleasant trip down memory lane.
"Loved it, great, interesting book"
All the various stories from his years working with clients
Had to compare, a very unique story
Tells a great story
I laughed a lot, a few sad stories but very uplifting story. Excellent advance on how to conduct yourself when doing business
Highly recommended. Now I will watch the film on Netflix.
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