Monday, October 31, 2016
8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)
 
Shep Gordon
in conversation with Alice Cooper
 
discussing his memoir,

They Call Me Supermensch:
A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds 
of Film, Food, and Rock’n’Roll

The Bootleg Theatre
2220 Beverly Blvd, 
Los Angeles, CA 90057

PURCHASE TICKETS  — SOLD OUT
This event will be live streamed  into our Facebook Page.
$43 General Admission seating + Book* 
$53 Reserved Section seating + Book*
$20 General Admission Seating (on sale Oct 14, 10am)
$95 Pre-Reception**(6:30-7:30pm)+ Reserved Section seating + Book*
* All persons buying the book get a photo op with Shep Gordon and Alice Cooper
** Please note Alice Cooper will not be at reception, but reception ticket holders are first in line to get your books signed and for the photo op.
Books will be picked up at the event when you check in, and signed immediately after the talk

Shep Gordon — in his storied career as a talent manager, agent, and producer — has worked with, and befriended, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Alice Cooper to Bette Davis, Raquel Welch to Groucho Marx, Blondie to Jimi Hendrix, Sylvester Stallone to Salvador Dalí, Luther Vandross to Teddy Pendergrass. He is also credited with inventing the “celebrity chef,” and has worked with Nobu Matsuhisa, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Roger Vergé, and many others. 

“Reality has never seemed to important in the 50 years Shep and I have been working together.  When we need something to happen, Shep just works his magic to simply MAKE it a reality.  I’m still not sure how he does it—he just has that natural ability to create scenarios and relationships that help to get you where you need to go.” –Alice Cooper

“The amazing, incredible, unlikely-but-true story of the man who’s done everything, been everywhere, and was at seemingly every important moment in musical and culinary history. He’s a one-man history of cool. And through it all, he’s somehow managed to remain a mensch. Shep Gordon is a legend.”–Anthony Bourdain

Supermensch is an eye-popping peek into entertainment industry from the magnetic force who has worked with an impeccable roster of stars throughout his storied career.

In this engaging memoir, the charismatic entertainment legend recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a “shy, no self-esteem, Jewish nebbisher kid with no ambition” in Oceanside, Long Island, to his unexpected rise as one of the most influential and respected personalities in show business, revered for his kindness, charisma—and fondness for a good time.

Gordon shares riotous anecdotes and outrageous accounts of his free-wheeling, globe-trotting experiences with some of the biggest celebrities of the past five decades, including his first meeting with Janice Joplin in 1968, when the raspy singer punched him in the face. They Call Me Supermensch is a sincere, hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the worlds of music and entertainment from the consummate Hollywood insider.

Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock.  Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for. 

Alice has been touring consistently, year in and year out, averaging over 80 concerts annually, both within the USA and internationally, with his band which features the three guitar attack of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss, and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and longtime bassist Chuck Garric.

 

livetalks-600x400-shepgordon-2Our Shep Gordon/Alice Cooper event is on Halloween, October 31.  Those attending are encouraged to come in costume to the talk at the Bootleg Theatre and we will have a prize for the best costume.

First place: a package that includes 10 tickets to a Live Talks LA event of your choice, and if the event involves a book, 10 copies of the signed book by featured author. You can bring 9 friends to one event, or spread the tickets over 10 events. 
 
We will also have 10 honorable mentions, each honorable mention getting a signed book from a prior or upcoming event. Possible signed books from prior events: John Cleese, Martin Short, Lita Ford, Penn Jillette, Phil Jackson, Bill Nye, Kunal Nayyar, Anne Rice, Burt Bachrach, John Fogerty and Billy Ray Cyrus.
 

Here are the rules:
1. Must meet public decency standards, i.e. if you could get arrested dressed like that in public, not eligible.
2. Like all matters of opinion, it will be decided on Facebook. 
3. You will be photographed, and the people will vote. All photos will be posted Nov 1 in an album on the Live Talks LA Facebook page, and a “like” constitutes a vote. Voting will be open till Election Day, Nov 8, 8pm.
4. By entering the best costume challenge, you agree to accept the outcome of the process.
5. While awaiting to be photographed, it is not permissible to hover around, pace, sigh, make faces, interrupt or otherwise try to intimidate a fellow contestant.
6. Elaborate entries that may involve 2 persons or more as an entry, are allowed, however, if selected as a winner, the prize is shared among the team.
7. There will be 10 honorable mentions, who will receive a signed book (of your choice) from an upcoming Live Talks Los Angeles event or past event.
8. The mere suggestions that the process of selecting a winner is rigged is grounds for disqualification.

 
We are looking forward to seeing many of you in costume!
Go on gently,
 
Your Friends at Live Talks Los Angeles
www.livetalksla.org