Imagine a guy, still living, who hung with Janis and Jimi and Jim (Joplin, Hendrix and Morrison, on the off chance you weren’t sure), on his way to becoming the manager of a diverse array of musicians and actors from Alice Cooper to Anne Murray. Without Shep Gordon, we’d never have seen this:
The stories of the life of Shep Gordon are so awe inspiring they leave you wide-eyed and smiling when you hear his friends speak of his legend and listen to his first hand accounts of the way he made things, REALLY BIG things happen for his clients, based on an incredible amount of gut instinct and fearlessness. Shep, more than once, reflected upon the idea that back then, he really had nothing to lose, so he tread where lesser men dared not go. He tells the best stories. He’s the nicest guy Mike Myers has ever met.
The idea of a ‘Hollywood Manager’ might might lead you to think he was ruthless or difficult, when in actual fact, as conveyed by people like Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, and Myers who directed Super Mensch, Shep Gordon is among the most helpful and compassionate men around. A ladies man, close with Sharon Stone, a friend of the Dalai Lama, a film maker, and beyond becoming a top entertainment manager, Gordon ‘invented the celebrity chef’.
I highly recommend you see the film of his life, so far.
I will see it again and again, for the stories. Brilliant film, which premiered at TIFF in September 2013, and was released summer 2014.