DVD Review: Supermensch
Supermensch, The Legend of Shep Gordon is a documentary about a man you’ve probably never heard of, but is loved and trusted by everyone in showbiz that you have heard of. And just like the man, this is no traditional documentary, more a love letter to Shep Gordon from Mike Myers. Rather than hard hitting, its a feel good tale that should leave you with a smile on your face.
By the end of this documentary you’ll have forgotten the beginning, because the beginning doesn’t make sense when you realise just what Shep has done in his life. He had no direction in life and just happened to move into the same motel complex that Jimi Hendrix was living in, and made money by selling Hendrix weed. Hendrix asked him if he was a Jew (yes) and told him he should be managing Alice Cooper, so he did. Though only so he could have an excuse as to where the drug money was coming from.
But then the heat got too much and he had to cut back on selling drugs and actually take managing Alice Cooper seriously, beginning a journey that would rewrite how you managed bands, promoted bands, basically everything to do with the entertainment business.
It’s like Shep just happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right idea, time and time again. The important thing however, is that he is apparently a guy you can trust, and that’s something of a rare commodity.
I chose Supermensch because it was an unbelievable true story, but even whilst watching it I had to have a quick look on Google just to make sure I wasn’t watching a mockumentary. There seems to be an endless supply of A-listers waxing lyrical about Shep. He’s either the genuine article or Mike Myers is having one hell of a laugh at us.
What ever it is, watching Supermensch is like watching the evolution of the entertainment industry whilst wearing rose tinted glasses. It’s great entertainment, it’s a little eye opening, but it’s not exactly in-depth reporting.