Released September 20th 2016 in hardback, paperback and eBook 'They Call Me Supermensch' is the autobiography of Alice Cooper's legendary manager Shep Gordon.
Published through Anthony Bordain's Ecco Books imprint, via HarperCollins, the book promised to be "A backstage pass to the amazing worlds of film, food and rock 'n' roll" and is undoubtably an essential read for any Alice Cooper fan. However only half the book is about Gordon's work in music. The rest is about his later jetsetting life style (incuding the amount of money he throws away on it) and work with celebrity chefs who, unless you are also a "foodie", will hold little interest to most Cooper fans. Even when talking about the Alice years he often simply retells the same well known stories, with many of the same embelishments, that we've read a million times. It's all well written and informative though and does offer some insight into a man who's influence on rock management should never be underestimated.
There's also a feature length documentary film about Shep Gordon with a similar title, 'Supermensch - The Legend Of Shep Gordon', which was made and released around the same time as the book. However the two projects are seperate entities.
Here's the back cover blub and a few celebrity quotes about the book and Shep::
"In the course of his storied career as a manager, agent, and producer, Shep Gordon has worked with—and befriended—some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Alice Cooper to Bette Davis, Raquel Welch to Groucho Marx, Blondie to Jimi Hendrix, Sylvester Stallone to Salvador Dali, Luther Vandross to Teddy Pendergrass. He is also credited with inventing the"celebrity chef," and has worked with Nobu Matsuhisa, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Roger Vergé, and many others.
In this wonderfully engaging memoir, the captivating entertainment legend recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a shy, unambitious kid growing up on Long Island to his unexpected rise as one of the most influential and respected personalities in show business, revered for his kindness, charisma—and fondness for a good time.
Gordon shares riotous anecdotes and outrageous accounts of his freewheeling, globe-trotting experiences with some of the biggest celebrities of the past five decades, including his first meeting with Janis Joplin in 1968, when the raspy singer punched him in the face. Told with incomparable humor and heart, They Call Me Supermensch is a sincere, hilarious, behind-the-scenes look at the worlds of music and entertainment from a consummate Hollywood insider."
"Reality has never seemed to important in the 50 years Shep and I have been working together. When we need something to happen, Shep just works his magic to simply MAKE it a reality. I’m still not sure how he does it, he just has that natural ability to create scenarios and relationships that help to get you where you need to go"
"The amazing, incredible, unlikely-but-true story of the man who's done everything, been everywhere, and was at seemingly every important moment in musical and culinary history. He's a one-man history of cool. And through it all, he's somehow managed to remain a mensch. Shep Gordon is a legend."
"I have never been so hungry after finishing a book! Shep Gordon loves life, and Supermensh is his joyful, soulful, and hilarious account of how he found some purpose for his own life. One for the good guys. Thank you, thank you"
"When you realize what Shep has done for the world of rock and roll, Hollywood and artists at large, you will be floored. What you don't know is that he also single handedly created the movement of "celebrity chefs" and not only changed the profession forever but also the entire perception of food; he created a culture. Not only is Shep my dear friend, he's one of the greatest humans I know and the journey this book takes you on will expose all the reasons he is truly Supermensch."
"Snoop said I was the only one to smoke him under the table but I remember more than once when the pot party ended, Shep and I were the last ones standing. Let's burn another one soon Shep"
"Shep's memoir is a testament to the human capacity for adventure, survival, and kindness. This is truly the most interesting man in the world, not to mention one of the most generous and loving. Luckily for us, his lust for life is contagious. If I had to be stuck in a prison cell for the rest of my life, my only requests would be this book, and an annual meal prepared by its sensational author."
Far from a "walk down memory lane," Shep’s memoir is like a rollercoaster highway ride through the greatest decades for food, celebrity, and entertainment—and it made me smile and laugh at every turn.
Throughout Shep’s career, he’s mastered the art of giving people a great show. From Hollywood to Cannes, dabbling in food, music, and all things entertainment, this book is no exception.
-Daniel Boulud, Chef/Owner, The Dinex Group
"Super Mench is an understatement. I've known Shep Gordon for over 40 years. He's the real most interesting man in the world!!!"