November 18, 2018


The devil went down to Harlem -- to team up with a Jewish harmonica player: Twenty-three years in the making, the new documentary 'Satan & Adam,' screening Nov. 17-18 at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, chronicles a musical odd couple who rise to stardom (RICH TENORIO, 11/17/18, Times of Israel)

The duo paired veteran African-American blues guitarist Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee -- who had once played with such stars as James Brown and Etta James -- with young half-Jewish white harmonica player Adam Gussow.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Satan & Adam found success on the streets of Harlem, in clubs and at music festivals -- until Mr. Satan disappeared and subsequently moved into a nursing home in Florida.

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Now, they are the subject of a new documentary, "Satan & Adam," by filmmaker V. Scott Balcerek. It premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, and will be screened at the Boston Jewish Film Festival November 17-18. Reflecting the duo's real-life complexities, the film took an incredible 23 years to make.

"Certain times, years, I seriously doubted it would ever see the light of day," Gussow marveled in a phone conversation with The Times of Israel. "Thank god it's done. How wonderful is that?"

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