“I realized very early, this is the best gig I’m ever going to have.” Adam Gussow
Films—fiction or nonfiction—do not get any more inspiring than Satan & Adam. Director V. Scott Balcerek tells the story of African American Sterling Magee and Caucasian Adam Gussow who spent 12 years as a duo writing and performing blues songs. They met on the streets of Harlem. Magee, who had bitterly abandoned traditional music business and taken on the stage name of Mr. Satan, was playing and singing as a one man band.
In October, 1986, while Satan was on the street, performing near the Apollo Theater, Gussow, this white Jewish graduate student who was drifting through a lost period of his young life, boldly started playing harmonica to Satan’s music. The two musicians first became a street sensation, and with a little inspiration from U2’s The Edge—and many other people—toured the United States and Europe, recorded albums, had agents for a period of time, and eventually drifted apart. But, that was far from the end of their story.
In addition to performing music, the bonding of these two musicians created racial, cultural, and generation gap bridges that fueled audiences’ intrigue and appreciation of their partnership.
The sensation of this story, and the expertise the producing team brought to its cinematic telling make Satan & Adam an absolute must see.
Satan & Adam is available on Netflix, iTunes, and for purchase from the film’s website.