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Satan & Adam

Original title
Satan & Adam
Year
Running time
80 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Ryan Suffern, V. Scott Balcerek
Music
Paul Pilot
Cinematography
Michael Grady, Mark Knobil, Jeff Unay, Ryan Suffern
Cast
Producer
RYOT Films / The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Genre
Documentary | Music Documentary
Synopsis / Plot
One day in 1986, Adam Gussow, a white, Ivy League-educated harmonica player, found himself nursing a broken heart and walking down the street in Harlem, a block from the Apollo Theater. There, he came upon a one-man blues band: Sterling Magee. Better known as Satan, Magee was a local legend with heavy blues guitar riffs and makeshift percussion instruments. Word around the neighborhood was, he had backed James Brown at the Apollo and cut singles for Ray Charles’s Tangerine label, but no one really knew for sure. When Adam sat in on a session with Satan that day, a most unlikely blues pairing formed. Their partnership would transcend the racial tensions of a segregated city and the anxiety of a neighborhood that was hyper-aware of the perils of gentrification.
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