The directorial debut of Mike Myers tells the story of quintessential manager Shep Gordon. In a career spanning more than four decades, Gordon has managed the likes of Alice Cooper, Anne Murray, and Teddy Pendergrass. Having dedicated much of his life to helping the careers of others, it can be testified that Shep Gordon is pretty great guy.
Director Myers appears as one of the many celebrity talking heads in the film, which also includes Michael Douglas, Tom Arnold, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, and even Emeril Lagasse.
Shep Gordon’s managerial career runs parallel with that of Alice Cooper, who was Shep’s first client, suggested as a lark by Jimi Hendrix. Initially, Shep was merely a drug dealer moonlighting as a manager, he was hired by Alice Cooper because he provided the band with marijuana, but he eventually decided to take the job seriously. Shep was instrumental in Alice Cooper’s big breakthrough at the Toronto Rock Revival, providing the chicken, which ended up being torn to pieces when Alice threw it into the crowd.
At least half of Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon is equally a film about Alice Cooper. In fact, those who have seen Super Duper Alice Cooper will likely be getting repeat information. That said, there are still some interesting tidbits during this section of the film, including how the plane scene in Almost Famous was inspired by a real incident experienced by Shep and Alice.
While much of the film is built around a “Shep Gordon is such a great guy” narrative, Supermensch does go into the fact that Shep Gordon’s personal life was never as successful as his managerial career. One of Shep’s biggest regrets is not having a family, though it can be argued that his long list of celebrity clients have become his extended family.
The word “mensch” is defined as a person of integrity and honour. As testified by the many talking heads in Supermensch, that is the perfect description of the type of man Shep Gordon is.
Is Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon opening weekend worthy?
While the film is essentially a fluff piece, with hardly anything negative to say about Shep Gordon, it is still worth checking out.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon opens June 6, 2014 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Please check website for showtimes.