Mike Myers’ Directorial Debut: Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon
|Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon poster; Shep Gordon & cat at home in Maui|
Shep was a Long Island kid who went to the University of Buffalo and ended up in Los Angeles where he met Janis Joplin who introduced him to Jimi Hendrix, who suggested Gordon be a manager (after learning he was Jewish). Gordon took the advice, seeing that access to musicians was also access to sex with the women who followed them. One of his early clients, who became a life-long friend, was Alice Cooper. Gordon saw that the unknown Cooper could make a name for himself by marketing notoriety. If the cops closed down a show, the place would be packed the next night. It worked for decades.
|Six Degrees of Sheparation; Shep Gordon at Regal South Beach during MIFF 31|
Young people should just make stuff, and not worry about the result. “Fame is the industrial disease of creativity,” warns Gordon. “There’s nothing about fame that I’ve ever seen that’s healthy,” Gordon goes on to say, “The ones who rose to the top got hurt the worst.” Myers reveals a man who has embraced his dualities: a hard-driving dealmaker who wants everyone to be happy, and a rock ‘n’ roll hedonist who yearns for a family. Against the backdrop of debauchery, he’s a man on a spiritual quest.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon makes its Miami commercial debut at O Cinema Miami Shores and Regal South Beach Stadium 18 on Friday, June 20th. —Tatyana Chiocchetti