Documentaries

Music Mondays | Supermensch

Happy Monday!  For this week's edition of Music Monday, I wanted to share one of my go-to Netflix recommendations - Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.

Supermensch is a wonderful documentary that chronicles the life and legend of Shep Gordon, a celebrated manager of all types of artists.  Gordon is probably best known for managing musicians such as Alice Cooper and Teddy Pendergrass, but he alsomanaged many actors (Mike Myers produced the documentary) and was the inventor of the celebrity chef.

Gordon shares a wide range of stories throughout the documentary, including how he got into artist management by happenstance. Generally speaking, artist managers have the stereotype of being rude, crass and selfish for themselves and their artist - but Shep Gordon shatters all of those stereotypes.  He's been extremely successful in the entertainment industry, while still maintaining strong relationships and respect.

If you give it a watch, let me know what you think!

Music Mondays | Nina Simone

I've always enjoyed Nina Simone's music, but I never truly understood the stories behind it.  A couple of months ago, I watched a Netflix-produced documentary called What Happened, Miss Simone?. This documentary was fascinating and really dove into some timely topics - the civil rights movement, domestic abuse, and mental health. If you are a fan of music - especially Jazz - you need to make a point to watch this one!

Because of this documentary, a song that I've always liked has decidedly become a favorite of mine.  Have a listen to Mississippi Goddamn below, and let me know what you think about the documentary!