Gerald Busby, award-winning composer:
his career highs, his drug highs.
His slide into the abyss – and back.

The Man on the Fifth Floor is Gerald Busby’s story.
Busby is the celebrated composer of Robert Altman's film 3 Women, Paul Taylor's ballet RUNES and so much more.
Busby's story is a story of love, music, success, AIDS, loss, addiction -- and recovery.

Busby's life is connected to many of today's social issues: HIV/AIDS; the housing crisis; the Chelsea Hotel; Welfare; addiction; New York City in the '70s and '80's; music and more.

The Man on the Fifth Floor is comic, tragic, joyful, disturbing and hopeful.


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