Shep Gordon was at the forefront of artist management in the late-1960s through the early-2000s. If you haven’t watched the documentary about him called Supermensch, you should. There are some great lessons in there (in addition to how interesting this man’s life has been).
Shep released an autobiography after the film came out, They Call Me Supermensch. You can click on the pic below if you want to take a look at it.
How To Be A Good Artist Manager? Watch Shep Gordon Speak
While on his book tour, Shep did a couple of interviews that are worth your time. The first one is about 25 minutes long. He talks about some stories from the book, but also gets into some deeper thoughts as it relates to artist management once the audience gets to ask some questions. Watch this.
In this second interview, about twice as long as the first, Shep rehashes some of the stories from interview one. But there are some additional words of wisdom that you should absorb. In short, be a sponge. Enjoy.
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Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too). Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition. Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.