So nicely man­aged, Shep

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MOVIES WITH the word “men­sch” (let alone “su­per­me­n­sch ” ) the ti­tle don’t come around very of­ten, so I leapt on this one, even though I’d never heard of Shep Gor­don and thus had to be con­vinced of his sta­tus as a “leg­end”. That didn’t take long, as the doc­u­men­tary mark­ing the di­rec­to­rial de­but of comic ac­tor Mike My­ers quickly es­tab­lishes Shep’s sig­nif­i­cance in the lives of a crowd of A-lis­ters who are not to be sniffed at. I’m talk­ing about the likes of Michael Dou­glas, Sylvester Stal­lone, Mick Fleet­wood, Wil­lie Nel­son and a host of oth­ers who all ap­pear to sing Shep’s praises while de­liv­er­ing amus­ing anec­dotes about his role in their lives.

Though it isn’t un­usual for Hol­ly­wood types to ex­tol the virtues of their own, they sel­dom have warm fuzzy things to say about man­agers, but Shep Gor­do­nis that rare thing — a men­sch in the mu­sic busi­ness. Not that he planned to be an en­ter­tain­ment agent. Through a se­ries of quick-fire mon­tages, pho­to­graphs, en­act­ments and in­ter­views, we dis­cover that New Yorker Shep was all set to be a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer. When that didn’t work out, he checked into an LA mo­tel in the late ’60s and hooked up with fel- low guests Ja­nis Jo­plin, Jim Mor­ri­son and Jimi Hen­drix, who sug­gested he might like to man­age lit­tle-known artist Alice Cooper. Shep never looked back and from there on the name-drop­ping continues at a pace as we hear about his grow­ing client list which in­cluded Pink Floyd, al­beit for nine days. It was Shep who got Alice Cooper to sac­ri­fice that chicken on stage in 1969 and it was Shep who shared a cat (not a eu­phemism) with Cary Grant in Beverly Hills.

With the ab­sence of any de­trac­tors, My­ers, who is a great friend, has pro­duced a ha­giog­ra­phy.

But it’s so en­ter­tain­ing, you won’t care and by the end I wanted to in­tro­duce the now-sin­gle Shep to a nice girl, so he can live out his twi­light years in Maui in the way a su­per­me­n­sch de­serves.


On the road: Shep Gor­don’s man­age­rial jour­ney is charted in the film

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