Originally intent on becoming a probation officer, Hollywood impresario to the stars Shep Gordon literally stumbled into Hollywood in the mid 1960s via the legendary Landmark Motel, where he tried to separate what he thought was a couple fighting. It turned out to be Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix suggested Gordon try his hand at talent-management: specifically, Alice Cooper.
Gordon rose to become the talent manager of clients that also included Anne Murray and Luther Vandross. As a producer (Prince of Darkness) he pioneered independent films in the US and was also partly responsible for the rise of TV interest in the culinary arts. He’s also friendly with the Dalai Lama---for whom he's cooked. It's a story that kind of tells itself, what with all the famous talking heads chipping in with anecdotes. Wisely, Mike Myers lets this story tell itself (with the exception of a few quirky graphics) and far from cooking up an adulatory stew, the result is more like a gourmet burger: frank, no nonsense, generously portioned and served with a few well-chosen garnishes.
Supermensch: the Legend of Shep Gordon | Directed by Mike Myers (USA 2013) documentary with Shep Gordon. Starts September 18
Originally published in issue #130, September 2014.