Shep Gordon

Legendary Talent Manager, Producer, Creator of the Celebrity Chef, & Best-Selling Author

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About Shep Gordon

Shep Gordon is a legend in the entertainment industry, known for having a keen eye for talent and an innate understanding of what people find engaging.  A native of Queens, Shep graduated from SUNY Buffalo before moving to Los Angeles and encountering a who’s who of future Rock N’ Roll legends: Alice Cooper, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Hendrix convinced him that he should get into talent management, and in 1969 he co-founded Alive Enterprises, thus beginning an illustrious career that would take him and his clients to unexpected­—and wildly successful—heights.

Throughout Shep’s career, he’s mastered the art of giving people a great show.

- Daniel Boulud

In his early years, Gordon came to prominence as Alice Cooper’s manager, stoking the singer’s fame with a series of stunts that garnered free PR and elevated Cooper to icon status. As time went on, Gordon became responsible for managing the careers of other widely-known entertainers such as Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Luther Vandross, and Kenny Loggins, among countless others.  He’s also credited with creating the celebrity chef, a move which married the worlds of food and entertainment in an unprecedented fashion, turning the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today.  His culinary clients include legends like Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu, Daniel Boulud, and many more.

In addition to the impact he’s had on the music, film, and food industries, he’s also highly regarded for his philanthropic endeavors.  Shep was named one of the 100 most influential people in Rolling Stone magazine.  He was the subject of Mike Myers’ 2013 documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.  In Spetember 2016, Anthony Bourdain’s ECCO released his book They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing World of Film, Food, and Rock ’N’ Roll.

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  • An Evening with Shep Gordon
  • They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock 'n' Roll

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