Satan and Adam on the streets of Harlem.
The story of Satan and Adam is one rich in rebirth.
The duo, who got together in 1986 on the streets of Harlem share a gritty and spirited vision of the blues. They made their name busking on the streets, with Mister Satan on guitar and kickboard percussion and Adam Gussow on blues harmonica. But after many tours and three studio albums, they virtually disappeared. Adam, a native of Rockland County, N.Y., went on to teach, winding up in the English Department at the University of Mississippi and Mister Satan virtually disappeared. It turns out Mister Satan, whose real name is Sterling Magee from Mount Olive, Miss., had some personal problems that led to a nervous breakdown.
But the fate that brought them together in Harlem and then tore them cruelly apart has brought them back together. They’re wrapping up a short road trip tomorrow night (Saturday, Aug. 15) on Adam’s home turf — The Turning Point in Piermont.
This could well be our last chance to see the duo here in the Metro area, as the state-run home where Satan lives is tightening its rules. He is only allowed to leave for a few days at a time, making it all but impossible for them to arrange lengthy road trips.
Tonight’s show starts at 8 o’clock at The Turning Point, 468 Piermont Ave. Piermont, N.Y. (845) 359-1089. Tickets are $20.
In anticipation of Satan and Adam’s gig at The Turning Point, Adam spoke to Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? about the duo’s meeting, breakup and reunion. The full interview appears after the jump.
Bob Dylan or homeless man?
Can you believe that Bob Dylan was mistaken for a homeless man on the streets of Long Branch, N.J.?
The crazy story, in which a cop swept the eccentric singer-songerwriter off the street into a patrol car, is reported by ABCNews.com’s Chris Francescani:
Dylan, 68, one of the most celebrated, eccentric artists in American history, was in the area on July 23 as part of a national concert tour — a fact lost on 24-year-old Long Branch police officer Kristie Buble.
To hear the young New Jersey police officer describe it, the scene was like something out of one of Dylan’s epic song-poems: It was pouring rain, Dylan was soaked and wandering alone, far from the traveling home of his entourage of tour buses.
When Dylan wandered into the yard of a home that had a “For Sale” sign on it, the home’s occupants became spooked by his appearance and called police with a report of an “eccentric-looking old man” in their yard, Long Branch Police said. One of the occupants even went so far as to follow Dylan as he continued on down the street.
To read the whole, wacky story, click here.
Sometimes it pays to wait!
If you haven’t booked tickets yet for the Summer Scoops Live With the Wall Street Journal talk by Passing Strange co-creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald, or maybe, like Stew, you just couldn’t believe anybody would pay $25 to hear them gab, you stand to come out ahead.
There’s a new offer out today giving a 25-percent discount to the pARTners talk at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater at 7 pm on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Enjoy the fruits of procrastination while you can. Here are the details:
Stew Opens Up with The Wall Street Journal at Lincoln Center!-
Take 25% off a rousing discussion titled pARTners, which explores the pleasures and pitfalls of artistic partnerships on August 18 at 7:00 P. M. in the Walter Reade Theater. Use promotion code WSJ10 to receive this special discount when purchasing online or calling 212.721.6500.
For tickets, click here.
The evening’s conversation features Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the co-creators of the Tony-winning Broadway rock musical Passing Strange and longtime collaborators in the band The Negro Problem; Artistic Director Bill T. Jones, Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong, and Creative Director Bjorn Amelan of the legendary Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Reporter Wendy Bounds of The Wall Street Journal leads the discussion.
Program, artists, dates, and prices subject to change. This offer is subject to availability and may be revoked at any time. May not be combined with any other offers or discounts. Not applicable to previously purchased tickets. All sales are final—no refunds or exchanges. Limit four tickets per customer.
Stew & Heidi present The Broadway Problem at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, August 19. For details, click here.