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Summary

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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  • Mark
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  • 30-03-17

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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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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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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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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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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  • Joseph F.
  • 01-11-17

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
  • 05-10-16

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
  • 25-09-16

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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  • Lori Daniel
  • 10-05-18

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
  • 25-04-18

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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  • Josh Parker
  • 27-03-18

One of the greats!

I can’t recommend this book enough. Destin to be one of the great memoirs. Thank you, Shep for sharing so many personal thoughts with the world.

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  • Jeff
  • 14-01-18

What an amazing life...

What made the experience of listening to They Call Me Supermensch the most enjoyable?

The wrap up at the end brought the rest of the book together nicely. After the book is finished you think back through all of his experiences and just sigh. I even felt a little jealousness.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-17

Every human should read this book!

My girlfriend and I listened to it together and we loved it! We both wanted to cry tears of joy through the entire thing!
Just download it!

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  • Anthony
  • 30-11-17

Amazing life

It's great to have Shep read it; he adds emotional touches every now and then. Unbelievable stories and good lessons throughout.

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  • jeff
  • 25-09-17

What a Mensch!

What made the experience of listening to They Call Me Supermensch the most enjoyable?

Shep Gordon is kind of like the Forrest Gump of rock n roll. I mean that in the way that he's been right there at the exact moment that amazing, incredible things happened. From hanging with Janis and Jimi to managing Alice to creating the concept of the celebrity chef, Shep is the man!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shep

Which character – as performed by Shep Gordon – was your favorite?

Shep

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

He's become a success by any measure using the concept of win-win.