“Satan and Adam” chronicles the unlikely pairing of legendary one-man band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee and harmonica master Adam Gussow in a once in a lifetime film, shot over 20 years, and showcasing the greatest music duo you never got a chance to see...

Princeton grad Adam Gussow had no idea what a shortcut through Harlem would bring him in the racially tense summer of 1986.  Lovelorn, and seeking solace in Blues music, the sound vibrating out of Harlem held a rhythm that might just heal a broken heart.

Playing in front of the phone company was the Mississippi-born, electrifying one-man Blues band, known to all in Harlem simply as Mr. Satan.  Twenty years Gussow’s senior, Mr. Satan had amassed a crowd rarely seen for a street performer, roaring with a musical ferocity Gussow had always dreamed of being around.

 

“Can I sit in with you?  I won’t embarrass you.” Gussow asked.

 

The rest was, almost, history…

 

“Satan and Adam” is a cinematic experience that takes you deep into the lives of Satan and Adam as they rose from New York City street legends to the biggest Blues stages worldwide; all until it came crashing down when Mr. Satan mysteriously disappeared.  “Satan and Adam” is a story of America’s original art form played out in front of your eyes, from inception to redemption, as this legendary duo truly lives the Blues and wills them selves back again.

From V. Scott Balcerek (More Than a Game), Satan and Adam embeds you with its characters and delivers compelling storytelling that's personal and potent. There are few music documentaries that incorporate both historical depth and character study in a way that truly and deeply brings the crowd to their feet and touches your heart, reminding us all of the true power of music.

 

Filmed over the course of two decades, this is an American story, a Blues story... 

 

This is the story of Satan and Adam…