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Mister Satan's Apprentice

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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?

I wrote Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir (1998) to tell that story. It's also the story of a second apprenticeship to Nat Riddles, a charismatic but troubled New York harp player who took me under his wing and showed me his secrets before one last tragedy took him down. Published by Pantheon and Vintage, the memoir got front-page notice in the Washington Post Book World and won the 2000 "Keeping the Blues Alive" award in Literature from the Blues Foundation in Memphis. It was republished by the University of Minnesota Press in 2009, where it remains in print.

Now, at last, it is available as an unabridged audiobook: more than fourteen hours of vivid, contemporary American blues life. I not only tell you the story, but I recreate the voices of the men and women who shaped that life.

This audiobook includes several special features:

§snatches of my own harmonica playing at appropriate moments, including the "Big River" theme and an early version of "Thunky Fing"

§extracts of streetside recordings that I made of Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee" and Nat Riddles

§a never-issued, full-length version of Sterling's anthem, "Freedom For My People." This is the song that found its way into Rattle and Hum. We recorded two takes in 1990. The alternate take was issued in 1993; this take is superior! Freshly digitized, it appears here, in Chapter 9, for the first time

§Mr. Satan's "God tape." I transcribed and adapted it in the published book, but here, in Chapter 14, you get the actual recording--a remarkable lay sermon by an American street-oracle with a huge and compelling persona

§four full-length bonus recordings: three tracks by Sterling and me ("Funky Revival," "Mother Mojo," and "Thunky Fing Rides Again"), plus one track by Nat (his version of Big Walter Horton's "Easy").

More than most books, Mister Satan's Apprentice explodes to life in the audiobook format. You won't just hear our story; you'll feel the blues that Sterling and I lived, and played.

If you purchased this audiobook as a download from Amazon or Audible, they'd charge you $20-30, and that's without the four bonus mp3s. My price, including the bonus tracks, is only $12.

For that price, Tradebit will send you a link so you can download a large zip file (1.2 gigs) containing the unabridged audiobook in iTunes-sequenced mp3 form (20 chapters plus intro, outro, epilogue, preface to the new edition, and original prologue), along with four music mp3s.

PLEASE NOTE: If you hit the preview-arrow button just below the photo (above), you'll get a 15-minute preview consisting of portions of the first two chapters. You can also hit the word "preview" just below the green DOWNLOAD button.

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