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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:summing up.


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