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BILL MOYERS: AMAZING GRACE
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It's one of the most popular songs in the English language. Transcending race, creed, geography, generation, and socialstation, Amazing Grace has been recorded more times than any other hymn. In this fascinating program, Bill Moyers explores the song's origins and enduring power.
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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.