BILL MOYERS: AMAZING GRACE
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You get song renditions from Jean Ritchie (folksinger on the dulcimer) and Fannie Lou Hammer (Civil Rights activist/singer), to mega stars like Johnny Cash and Judy Collins. It's Collins' recording, that once #15 on the pop charts, that I enjoyed best. Other notables in their fields of musical presentations include Marion Williams, Boys choir of Harlem, Jessye Norman, some inmates at Huntsville, TX, and shape-note singers from Holly Spring, GA, and Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers of Ozark, AL. Even trumpet blues with the ending credits.
As Johnny Cash stated in the program, "It's a song that makes a difference."
Educational, yes, but more inspirational. A joy to see and hear. My wife agrees, 5-stars.
Comes with SDH SUBTITLES.
BONUS: "Pure Pete Seeger" an hour interview/performance in 1994 when Seeger was 75. That too is subtitled. It's is magical, to see Seeger as a warm grandfather type, still making music. Also, text bios of Moyers, Johnny Cash, Jessye Norman, Jean Richie, Dewey Williams, and Marion Williams. A pamphlet viewer's guide is inserted.
Moyers' Amazing Grace is thoroughly enjoyable.Read more ›
onf folks doing the song acapella in the mountains down South. I had the original DVD that matched the VHS tape but lost it.
So I feel cheated-is there anyway to get the original DVD from years ago-the one I got was clearly edited and lost
much of its power. Thank you
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The film takes us to many areas of the country and to many, many musicians and singers who feel a great deal of reverence for the song. We learn about John Newton's background and history, and what moved him, in 1779, to create this memorable poem. The words were set to their so familiar tune during the Second Great Awakening in the United States. A few of the artists who are featured here performing Amazing Grace, each in their own style, are Johnny Cash, Jessye Norman, Judy Collins, Marion Williams, and The Boys Choir of Harlem. There are 24 renditions in all. It's a moving and truly great documentary. I simply cannot say enough good things about it. See for yourself!
Most of all it speaks of the grace of redemption.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my humble opinion this is the greatest song ever written. My Mom let me borrow the VHS tape years ago. This is the most amazing film. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Heather E
Wonderful presentation by Moyers. As can be expected, lots of beautiful music; lots of wonderfully told stories; you just can't go wrong with Bill Moyers at the helm of a story.Published 16 months ago by JP
Great history of a well known song! The Pete Seeger addition is also very good.Published 18 months ago by t.p. toepker
Marvelous story and the signing is magical. You'll find yourself humming like the 'shape-note' singers for days after. Love it!Published 18 months ago by Mary C. Wilson
I have had this on VHS tape for years, and feared it would never make it on to DVD, but it did, and I'm glad. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kat
Parts of this DVD are inspiring and helpful and some of the singing is amazing. However, it is too long and repetitious to sit through the entire thing.Published on December 11, 2013 by Lynn