Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
I’ve written before about the unsung importance of managers, so I can’t wait to see this:
In his directorial debut, Mike Myers 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. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage the film traces Shep’s transformation from the 1970’s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own.
I laughed at this:
The three most important things a manager does:
1) Get the money
2) Always remember to get the money
3) Never forget to always remember to get the money
At one point in the trailer, Gordon says, “There’s nothing about fame that I’ve ever seen that is healthy…it’s very hard to survive.”
Myers talks more about it in his recent GQ interview:
Supermensch is about family. That one of the things that we all seek is sanctuary…. I call fame the industrial disease of creativity. And it is. Fame can be so toxic that it has reproductive harm. From day one in talking to Shep it’s been family family family, and interviewing him it became clear that everything for him has been a search for that family… Shep truly does not see kindness as weakness; he doesn’t see love as a faulty business plan.
It’s funny how much buddhism pops up in certain figures I admire who have been able to survive any kind of brush with (even minor) celebrity.
Also funny that mensch is a word my (Jewish, practicing Buddhist) agent taught me. Ha!