Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
In Mike Myers’ directorial debut he documents the story of Shep Gordon, a humble Hollywood insider and a genius of the industry who’s managed everyone from Alice Copper to Pink Floyd (albeit for only nine days).
Shep Gordon isn’t a household name for many but he’s one of the key players who made Hollywood tick and often the most important phone number for anyone in showbiz. The film takes an autobiography approach of telling his story through his eyes and the countless beloved stars he’s worked with or made an impact on. Shep’s story is an emotional trip from the days he started as one of Jimi Hendrix’s drug dealers to then chucking a chicken onstage for an Alice Copper concert before John Lennon played.
Shep is known for managing the careers of Copper, Anne Murray and Teddy Pendergrass, among others, plus also creating the modern phenomenon of the celebrity chef. All the above plus Hollywood royalty from Michael Douglas to Sylvester Stallone to Willie Nelson to Rinchen Dharlo (his Holiness the Dalai Lama’s American emissary and president of the Tibet Fund) all agreed to feature in the film and remember the highs and lows of his career.
The film is superbly funny at points as Gordon dusts off his best stories. His story is also a touch sentimental and real when he remembers low career points and his introduction into the Williams family.
The film is stuffed with incredible and eccentric archive footage that traces Shep’s transformation from 1970s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own. His unlikely story is portrayed in a stunning documentary filled with laughter, soul and gushy memories of the entertainment legend.
Josh De Souza Crook
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon is released nationwide on 18th July 2014.
Watch the trailer for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon here: