Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television.


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  • ★★★½ review by RetroHound on Letterboxd

    Well done doc on a guy I really didn't know anything about. However, pretty soon into the doc, I really wanted to know more about this guy and even hang out with him.

    Shep Gordon fell into managing Alice Cooper at the suggestion of Jimi Hendrix, who was hanging around with Janis Joplin. Joplin was staying at the same hotel as Shep. One of the most "right place, right time" events in the history of the world.

    Everyone loves Shep because he's a really good guy. Like, really. A good guy. A "mensch," which is a word I really didn't know what it meant. It means someone noble and honorable.

    That doesn't mean he isn't a fun guy, a partyer, a womanizer, but he plays straight with everyone. There is some sadness, as there is in any life, but a very interesting guy and a great story.

  • ★★★★½ review by Jordan Rowe on Letterboxd

    "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon" is equal parts funny, insightful, moving, and inspiring. One of the most enjoyable documentaries I've ever seen.

  • ★★★★ review by mook on Letterboxd

    Any life story that takes befriending Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and Jim Morrison as the starting point has got to be worth a look.

    From hanging out with legends to managing Alice Cooper for over four decades, this documentary gives a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era of the entertainment industry, along with countless celebrity stories and interviews, and diversions into movie making, Buddhism and even the cult of the celebrity chef.

    Although he does manage to inject some pathos into proceedings Mike (Austin Powers) Myers' directorial debut is unashamedly a love letter to seemingly the nicest man in showbiz, and Shep is great company for the 85 minutes.

  • ★★★½ review by Craig Duffy on Letterboxd

    a fun doc about someone I would never have heard of were it not for this doc.

  • ★★★★ review by Anny on Letterboxd

    I want to hang out with Shep.

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