Amazing Grace : John Newton, Slavery and the World's Most Enduring Song, Paperback

Amazing Grace : John Newton, Slavery and the World's Most Enduring Song Paperback

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Top music writer Steve Turner traces the biography of 'Amazing Grace', the world's most recorded song.

Versions of this hymn have been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart and Destiny's Child.

The book begins with the dramatic story of John Newton and his participation in the African slave trade through to his writing of 'Amazing Grace' and his campaigning against slavery.

The second part of the book - picking up the thread in the years following Newton's death - tells the story of the song itself as it has spread and developed over the past 280 years and its recordings by artists from a wide variety of musical backgrounds.

This includes the aftermath of September 11th when the hymn became an international anthem of hope and solidarity.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, B&W Halftones
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc
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  • Category: Sacred & religious music
  • ISBN: 9780745951782



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An interesting look at the song Amazing Grace, the biography of it's author and it's story over the years. It's interesting to see how it fit into it's period but still has resonance over the years. While a good read, it sometimes made me think that there was more to be told and that there were issues unseen. I wasn't quite as interested with the commentary about modern versions of the tune but the adventures of John Newton sounded facinating.I dare you to read this without humming the tune!

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