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Satan & Adam

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Satan & Adam

A celebration of the blues, the transformative power of music and the friendships that develop when artists collaborate.



Spaulding Auditorium

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In 1986, when harmonica player Adam Gussow asked if he could jam with one-man band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, it was the beginning of an unforgettable collaboration—dubbed Satan and Adam.

Amidst the racial tension in New York City, this Jewish Ivy League graduate and black Mississippi blues man made an unlikely pair, but their musical stylings perfectly aligned. 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 Mr. Satan mysteriously disappeared. Filmed over 23 years, this celebratory documentary captures a miraculous journey of friendship, heartbreak and the transformative power of music.

D: V. Scott Balcarek, US, 2017, Runtime: 1h20m

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OSHER SUMMER SERIES

Programmed as part of the OSHER summer lecture series “Our Divided Country: How to Find Common Ground”

President Lincoln warned 150 years ago that “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” yet the U.S. finds itself increasingly fractured along partisan lines. OSHER’s summer lecture series probes challenges to finding common ground on divisive issues and provides insights on how Americans could unite to solve them. Hop Film presents three films tied to lecture topics on income inequality (Pope Francis ), immigration (En el Septímo Día ) and racism (Satan & Adam ).