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They Call Me Supermensch Audiobook

They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock'n'Roll

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Publisher's Summary

An eye-popping peek into the entertainment industry from the magnetic force who has worked with an impeccable roster of stars throughout his storied career.

In the course of his legendary career as a manager, an agent, and a 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, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In this wonderfully engaging memoir, the charismatic entertainment legend recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a "shy, no self-esteem Jewish nebbisher kid with no ambition" in Oceanside, 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 Janice 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 the consummate Hollywood insider.

©2016 Shep Gordon (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Melanie 10-05-16
    Melanie 10-05-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Life changing"

    What a great journey! I feel like I was in each phase of Shep's life...and I was thrilled to be there! Shep, thank you, thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GLENN HOOD 09-25-16
    GLENN HOOD 09-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly enlightening."

    If you have found your way to this book, Congratulations. Shep Gordon will not give you 5 steps to change your life, But what he will do is demonstrate how to be successful. Read, Share and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeff 09-25-17
    jeff 09-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "What a Mensch!"
    What made the experience of listening to They Call Me Supermensch the most enjoyable?

    Shep Gordon is kind of like the Forrest Gump of rock n roll. I mean that in the way that he's been right there at the exact moment that amazing, incredible things happened. From hanging with Janis and Jimi to managing Alice to creating the concept of the celebrity chef, Shep is the man!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shep


    Which character – as performed by Shep Gordon – was your favorite?

    Shep


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    He's become a success by any measure using the concept of win-win.


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    Mark 09-07-17
    Mark 09-07-17
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    "Loved it!"

    Was a fantastic book and a great read! What an amazing life! Thank you, thank you! :-)

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    Sara 09-06-17
    Sara 09-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Behind the Scenes book with good life lessons"
    If you could sum up They Call Me Supermensch in three words, what would they be?

    A fun ride


    What other book might you compare They Call Me Supermensch to and why?

    One more time - Carol Burnet.
    Interesting how people play the cards they are dealt and make their own history happen.


    Which character – as performed by Shep Gordon – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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    Any additional comments?

    Shep Gordon lives by his word and is drawn to others that do so as well. Amazing how there are people that seem to be innately honest and have integrity, but having role models doesn't hurt either.

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    David Berman MD sterling, va USA 08-14-17
    David Berman MD sterling, va USA 08-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A super ethical guy in the entertainment world which appears largely devoid of any true ethics or principles or depth. Mel has had a fascinating amazing life w a huge number of fascinating people. He comes across as humble and down to earth. I really enjoyed watching the movie made from this book too

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    Don Liimatainen 07-29-17
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    "Love this book read by the author"

    I love this story. It gives me a calm and peace just listening to it.

    Thanks Shep for taking the time to share your story

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    Kurt 05-18-17
    Kurt 05-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic unbelievable story!!"

    A great story great about the great man doing great things for all kinds of different people!!!!

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    Hansel 02-15-17
    Hansel 02-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A gem"

    So glad this was made. Just finished the audio book. There is nothing like hearing it from the mouth of the author. Especially when the author has lived such a rich and exciting life. So much knowledge and experience in one place. Thank you, thank you, Shep.

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    Single Dad in FL Boca Raton, FL USA 01-12-17
    Single Dad in FL Boca Raton, FL USA 01-12-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Who knew?"

    I'd never heard of Shep until I saw a segment about him on a news show but it seems the entire music and culinary worlds were 6 ° of him. I was fascinated in large part because I'm from the same generation and in lesser part because of his stories.

    And what stories! And what values. And what capacity for women and drugs. And what a need for love as a fallback goal. If only he'd been as clear about that as he was his business goals.

    It was great fun listening to him read his own story. Half way through the book I decided to watch the movie. The book is better but the movie puts a different human twist to his life that was very enjoyable.

    I'm sad for him. Just a little. Because he's alone. I hope that those for whom HE holds coupons make his last years good ones.

    He changed lives. He changed parts of Hollywood, rock and created culinary celebrities. He helped people. He WAS of service to so many names we all know and to Mia's children that we can meet in the movie.

    Shep, I will always carry part of you in my heart and your voice in my head. As you would say, "Thank you. Thank you." Aloha.

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    3/30/17
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    "Thank you Thank you"

    Brilliant book, beautifully read by the author. Loved every second of it and now plan to watch the Mike Myers film.
    I can't recommend this highly enough.
    Top marks all round.
    Thank you Shep.

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  • matt
    3/29/17
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    "Shep"

    Loved it so much I have told all my friends to read or listen. 5 days ago I didn't know Shep but now I won't forget him for the rest of my life 100% recommend a fantastic listen.

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  • Vicky
    3/3/17
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    "Thank you, Thank you"
    What did you like most about They Call Me Supermensch?

    Narrated by Shep himself, this audio book is an open and inspiring account of what life can be when you embrace opportunities and remain humble. Loved it.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Shep meets the Dalai Lama.


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  • Andrei Berechet
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    10/6/16
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    "Amazing life story"

    This is one of the very few books that made me laugh and cry sometimes at the same time. It's such an amazing story of a life well leaved and well told with strong values that guided Shep throughout and with spontaneity.

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  • Money-Coach
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    "Moving and funny"

    I can't recommend this book highly enough. I found it warm, funny and very very real.
    Would love to meet Shep one day.

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