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Common Threads: The Whipping Man & The Devil's Music

November 30, 2012 by Corey Atkins, Artistic Associate-Engagement in 2012-13 Season

Common Threads: The Whipping Man & The Devil's Music

Taken alone, each play in CPH's season is entertaining and vital, but fascinating connections emerge when you examine them together.

Bessie Smith, protagonist of The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, was born into poverty in 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Given the fact that her father was of an age to have his occupation recorded in the 1870 census ("minister of the gospel"), her parents were almost certainly former slaves - perhaps not much older than The Whipping Man's John.

Those who saw our One Night With Janis Joplin this summer will know that Smith was also one of Joplin's greatest influences.  In 1970, Joplin even purchased a headstone for Smith's unmarked grave.

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