`Preachin' the Blues': Bessie Smith's secular religion and Alice Walker's The Color Purple

Marvin, Thomas F.
September 1994
African American Review;Fall94, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p411
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Traces the African beliefs about the spiritual power of music. Focus on Bessie Smith's song `Preachin' the Blues,' and the book `The Color Purple,' by Alice Walker; Smith's secular religion; Controversy over the evil influence of blues and jazz; African Americans' adoption of the word `blues'; Smith's sage advice on earthly matters.


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