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

by Steve Turner - £8.99  Lion Hudson Plc (2005)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780745951782 | ISBN 10: 0745951783

Amazing Grace, the most recorded song ever, has an amazing story. Written over 200 years ago by a former slave trader who had converted to Christianity during a transatlantic storm, it has become a song that millions turn to both in times of crisis and moments of celebration. The words that were composed in the attic of an English vicarage have transcended their time and culture.
 
In this book, Steve Turner chronicles the remarkable story of the song from its origins in the dramatic life story of the author, John Newton, through its incarnations over the years as hymn, spiritual, gospel classic, folk song, civil rights anthem, pop hit, heavy metal number and bagpipe tune. He also examines the way in which different generations and cultures have interpreted its message, and discusses its use in advertising, cartoons, and political speeches. Never before has the tale of one song been told so extensively and so enthrallingly.

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