Shep Gordon had his break in 1968, after a chance encounter with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in a Hollywood motel. The former probation officer went on to become one of the biggest talent managers in American show business, representing Groucho Marx, Alice Cooper and Blondie.
Yet Gordon is hardly a household name. Austin Powers actor Mike Myers aims to change that with his new documentary film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, in which A-listers like Michael Douglas and Sylvester Stallone line up to sing his praises.
Talking to Tom Brook, Gordon sums up the change in show business over the past four decades: “It was much more civilized in the beginning. Winning and fame have taken over from craft and hard work.”
“Shep is one of the good ones – he sees what an artist does and he doesn’t change them,” Myers tells Brook, who looks at how such a ‘nice guy’ got ahead in a notoriously ruthless industry.