Shep Gordon – Supermensch

Shep Gordon is a American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer.

He has MANAGED the rock star Alice Cooper for nearly 50 years AS WELL AS Blondie, The Gypsy Kings, Pink Floyd and fostered the career of Jimi Hendrix, Luther Vandross and Groucho Marx.

He also RESPONSIBLE FOR creating the “celebrity chef” culture and business of today.

Shep has featured in the documentary film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon directed by Mike Myers, and last year published his own memoir which debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List.

His mantra is “Create history, don’t wait for it to happen”

00:00 Trailer.
02:44 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:32 Brian’s introduction.
06:10 Shep brought Alice Cooper to London to get banned by involving the media in shock tactics.
17:05 Alice Cooper’s first gig at Wembley Stadium in early 1970s.
18:57 Shep explains why he has never signed a contract with any of the artists he has represented.
21:55 Safe doesn’t work in marketing, you need to be a showman, hence some mad ideas.
36:36 How he conceived the idea of the Teddy Prendercast women-only shows.
39:19 Selling drugs to Jimmy Hendrix and the Chambers Brothers got Shep into the music business.
43:59 Drugs, alcohol and free love were all fun and games with no appreciation of the consequences.
48:16 Ambition which drives young artists to become famous could ultimately kill them.
55:29 How Shep deals with his overwhelming self-worth issues.
1:06:58 At Roy Choi book signing Shep meets Anthony Bourdain which leads to his own book.
1:08:50 Doing the book was revelatory, looking at his childhood and relationship with women.
1:16:20 Shep’s regard for Mr Roger for showing him the path to being happy.
1:29:31 Creating the celebrity chefs.
1:36:47 The chef business was like the Chitlin’ Circuit.
1:42:19 When Shep served Yak tea to the Dalai Lama.
1:52:03 Shep’s life now, in Maui, serving others and sharing his life.
1:54:59 His take on the recent Weinstein phenomena in the entertainment industry.
2:00:00 Who he thinks of as successful.
2:01:06 Profound concerns that keep Shep awake at night.
2:08:23 What Shep has changed his mind about recently.
2:09:46 What in Shep’s daily routine is surprising.
2:12:21 Telephone call the twenty-year-old Shep Gordon.
2:13:07 Success secrets.
2:13:46 Brian’s summing up.

They Call Me Supermensch

Shep Gordon website
Shep Gordon on Facebook
Shep Gordon on Twitter
Supermensch (documentary film)
Shep Gordon on Wikipedia

Topics discussed:
Ed Sullivan Show
Piccadilly Circus
Fleet Street
Jaws (film)
Hotel California (Eagles Album)
Wayne’s World (film)
School’s Out (song)
The Duellists (film)
Kung Fu’s “Grasshopper”
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen (restaurant)
Chitlin Circuit
Maui, Hawaii

People mentioned in this episode:
Mike Myers
Alice Cooper
Mary Whitehouse
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Derek Taylor
Elvis Presley
Gypsy Kings
Terry O’Neil (photographer)
The Who
Frank Sinatra
Jim Morrison
Janis Joplin
Teddy Pendergrass
Jimi Hendrix
The Chambers Brothers
Joe Greenberg
Luther Vandross
Pink Floyd
Michael Douglas
Sylvester Stallone
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Whoopi Goldberg
Charlie Chaplin
Albert Finney
Roy Choi
Anthony Bourdain
Roger Vergé
Raquel Welch
Groucho Marx
Blondie (band)
Anthony Quinn
Lorenzo Quinn
James Coburn III
Luciano Pavarotti
Barbra Streisand
Clint Eastwood
Marcella Hazan
Sharon Stone
Dalai Lama
Wolfgang Puck
Nobu Matsuhisa
Larry Forgione
Alice Waters
Lionel Wigram (film producer)
Charlie Trotter
Mark McCormack
Jamie Oliver
Harvey Weinstein

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Man Shep is such and interesting dude. Great interview Bryan and the London Real crew!


These videos never play for me. 🙁


Omg. After watching Supermesch, I fell in love. I am literally in LOVE with Shep. I sooooo love this man. Signed, a complete stranger to Shep. ❤️