Mister Satan's Apprentice

  • by Adam Gussow
  • Narrated by Adam Gussow
  • 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How does a white kid from the New York suburbs, harmonica in hand, end up earning himself a busker's spot on the Harlem sidewalks next to Mr. Satan, a Mississippi-born legend? How did an interracial blues duo fare on the streets of New York during a turbulent, fractious time marked by racially-motivated murders in Howard Beach, Bensonhurst, and Crown Heights? And how did that unlikely pair, as "Satan and Adam", conquer the American blues world, beginning with a cameo appearance in U2's Rattle and Hum (1988) and continuing through their W. C. Handy Award-nominated 1991 debut, Harlem Blues?

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So sad I finished it!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Mister Satan's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

LOVED the audio version. Loved knowing that Adam Gussow was reading his own work. (That's always preferable IMO.) And his voice is so pleasant and easy to listen to! But he made the book even more interesting by using voices for the other people, especially for Mr. Satan. His voice for him wasn't a caricature or overdone but instead well done which allowed us listeners to understand Mr. Satan's enthusiasm, irritation, passion, etc.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Mister Satan's Apprentice?

The scene where Adam was in Harlem, playing with Mr. Satan, aware of his whiteness and the recent racial tensions as a result of recent killings of African-Americans by the New York police. A couple of very very angry black men approached him. Adam was very sensitive to their complaints and carefully de-escalated the tension. It might have turned out so differently if he hadn't been so sensitive and intelligent and well respected by Mr. Satan and the others who regularly came to watch them play.


Have you listened to any of Adam Gussow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. I wish he had others. I've looked!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end did. I teared up because I was so sad that I'd come to the end. Luckily I can listen to it again.


Any additional comments?

Fascinating and enlightening discussion of the blues!!

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- H. Mears

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2015
  • Publisher: Modern Blues Harmonica