Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir

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Vintage Books, Mar 1, 2000 - Music - 402 pages
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"Mister Satan's Apprentice is a rare musical history because, not only can Gussow play, but he can also write. The writing is good enough to bring the music to life." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mister Satan's Apprentice is a lyrical and heartfelt account of a remarkable friendship born out of blues music. For Adam Gussow playing blues harmonica is an escape. And one evening while still reeling from a recent breakup, he meets Nat Riddles, a self-described "harmonica-man for all occasions" who recognizes in Adam a kindred musical spirit, offering him an entree into the blues scene. When Nat flees the city after surviving a near-fatal shooting, Adam turns to a philosophical Mississippi native known as Mister Satan, a brilliant Harlem street musician who plays guitar and percussion simultaneously.
What begins as an apprenticeship evolves into a unique collaboration, one that not only wins the performing duo critical acclaim, but also demonstrates their ability to transcend generational and cultural divides. At once a remarkable coming of age story and a fascinating tale of the redemptive nature of the blues, Mister Satan's Apprentice is also the story of how two muscians form a unique friendship based on a shared love of the blues.

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Adam Gussow lives in New York City.

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