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Satan & Adam – Documentary on Netflix

In 1986, harmonica player Adam Gussow asked if he could jam with one-man band Sterling “Mister Satan” Magee. Amidst the racial tension in New York City, the Jewish Ivy League graduate and black Mississippi blues man made an unlikely pair, but their musical stylings perfectly aligned.

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Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern, and Jeff Pollack have announced their most recent music documentary, Satan & Adam, is now available on Netflix. The critically acclaimed film follows unlikely musical duo Sterling “Mister Satan” Magee and Adam Gussow during their time on Harlem’s sidewalks in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

After a chance encounter with members of U2 and a celebrated debut record, the duo rose to international acclaim from their Harlem street corner. But as quickly as they were discovered, their meteoric rise was cut short when Mister Satan mysteriously disappeared. The result is an odyssey 23 years in the making that captures a miraculous journey of friendship, heartbreak and the transformative power of music.

New York Times writes that “the filmmakers don’t shy away from more complex issues — racial tensions, gentrification, art and anger. Like the blues, there’s real pain here, mixed with real beauty”.

The documentary is available on Netflix here.

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