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This page is for my beloved daughter Louise

 

 

 

 

Amy | Official Trailer HD | A24        20 May 2015

 

A heart-breaking journey.

A ground-breaking motion picture.

Watch the trailer for the acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary, AMY.

In Theaters July 3rd.

 

YouTube > A24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2yCIwmNuLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Robinson: ‘The first time I met Amy

she was wearing rollers backstage

at the Bush theatre, preparing for her gig.

 

She was friendly, smart, cool, utterly sober and alone.

 

It was just me and her and I couldn’t believe I had her to myself.’

 

Amy Winehouse: rare and unseen – in pictures

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Saturday 13 June 2015        21.00 BST

http://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2015/jun/13/amy-winehouse-rare-and-unseen-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winehouse had turned 20 in September,

her debut album, Frank, was released in October,

and this gig was the Londoner’s first major headline show.

 

Amy Winehouse: rare and unseen – in pictures

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Saturday 13 June 2015        21.00 BST

http://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2015/jun/13/amy-winehouse-rare-and-unseen-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Winehouse        You Know I'm No Good        Live        2007

 

 

 

 

Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good - Live HD

 

Monkey Man

Amy Winehouse

DVD I Told You I Was Trouble

Live in London 2007

 

YouTube > ppablofarias        4 January 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DZ-V8VEWsQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Jade Winehouse        1983-2011

 

British singer

who found worldwide fame

with a sassy,

hip-hop-inflected take on retro soul,

yet became a tabloid fixture

as her problems with drugs and alcohol

led to a strikingly public career collapse

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/arts/music/amy-winehouse-british-soul-singer-dies-at-27.html

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/amywinehouse

http://www.npr.org/tags/138669937/amy-winehouse

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/30/
amy-winehouse-photographer-friend-blake-wood-intimate-photos-taschen-interview

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2018/02/27/
589115790/it-turns-out-not-all-amy-winehouse-demos-were-destroyed

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/feb/26/
amy-winehouse-demo-recorded-at-17-to-attract-labels-is-released-online

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jul/25/
mark-ronson-on-amy-winehouse-film

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/video/2015/jul/25/
mark-ronson-backstage-splendour-in-the-grass-2015-video

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/08/421141360/d
ocumentary-seeks-to-free-amy-winehouse-from-her-tabloid-legacy

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/05/
420237516/amy-is-a-portrait-of-an-artist-whose-life-goes-very-wrong

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/03/
movies/amy-with-movie-trailer-asif-kapadia-narrates-a-scene.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/03/
movies/review-amy-an-intimate-diary-of-amy-winehouses-rise-and-destruction.html

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/02/
418950185/beyond-a-voice-and-a-sad-story-amy-listens-to-a-life

 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/02/
amy-winehouse-review-documentary

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/shortcuts/2015/jul/01/
amy-winehouse-jane-austen-kafka-monet-works-destroyed

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/arts/music/
amy-winehouse-documentary-lets-nobody-off-the-hook.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jun/20/
blake-fielder-im-not-responsible-for-amy-winehouses-death

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/14/
amy-winehouse-statue-unveiled-camden-london

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jun/23/
amy-winehouse-growing-up-sister

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jun/23/
amy-winehouse-bulimia-killed-her-says-brother

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/nov/26/
amy-winehouse-painting-national-portrait-gallery

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/31/
amy-winehouse-home-for-sale

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/oct/26/
amy-winehouse-verdict-misadventure

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/oct/24/
amy-winehouse-report-wrong-address

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/oct/11/
amy-winehouse-father-memoir-mitch

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2011/07/25/138640210/
amy-winehouse-british-retro-soul-singer-has-died

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/arts/music/
amy-winehouse-british-soul-singer-dies-at-27.html

http://www.npr.org/2011/07/23/138639971/
singer-amy-winehouse-found-dead

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jul/23/
amy-winehouse-obituary

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/sep/14/
tony-bennett-amy-winehouse

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/oct/09/
amy-winehouse-album-next-year

 

http://music.guardian.co.uk/glastonbury2008/reviews/
story/0,,2288101,00.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/aug/17/
music.estheraddley

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2007/sep/03/
letamywinehousedodrugs

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/jan/13/
popandrock.amywinehouse

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2006/oct/15/
shopping.popandrock1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Winehouse obituary

Singer with a soul-steeped voice

whose instantly successful Back to Black album

reflected her tormented experience of love

 

Saturday 23 July 2011
20.08 BST
Guardian.co.uk
Caroline Sullivan
This article was published on guardian.co.uk
at 20.08 BST on Saturday 23 July 2011.
A version appeared on p30 of the Main section section
of the Guardian on Monday 25 July 2011.
It was last modified at 11.47 BST
on Wednesday 27 July 2011.

 

Leading a rock'n'roll life has proved fatal to many artists, but few could be considered as much of a loss to music as Amy Winehouse, who has been found dead at the age of 27, the cause not immediately clear. One of the outstanding singers of her generation, she had suffered from drug addiction, and the destruction it causes. Her husky, soul-steeped voice belied both her youth and her London origins – singing from the gut is not the exclusive preserve of older black American performers.

Winehouse's music spoke to people so persuasively that her second album, Back to Black, became Britain's bestselling record of 2007 and reached No 2 in the US, making her one of only a few British female soloists to achieve that level of transatlantic recognition. Its success spurred sales of her initially overlooked first album, Frank (2003), so titled because of the diary-style lyrics that produced songs such as Stronger Than Me, which railed against a "ladyboy" ex-boyfriend. The two sold a total of more than 12m copies worldwide.

Born to a Jewish family in North Finchley, north London, Winehouse grew up listening to the jazz albums of her taxi-driver father, Mitch. He and her pharmacist mother, Janis, later divorced.

Amy caught the performing bug so early that by the age of eight she was attending stage school. She spent time at three of them, including the Sylvia Young theatre school in central London, from which she was expelled for "not applying herself", and the Brit school in Croydon, south London. Rebellious instincts surfaced in her mid-teens: by 16, she had acquired her first tattoo and was smoking cannabis. "My parents pretty much realised that I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really," she said later.

Her boyfriend of the time passed a cassette of her singing to a record company, which was impressed. "It was unlike anything that had ever come through my radar," said songwriter Felix Howard, who went on to collaborate with Winehouse on Frank. She signed a deal with the world's largest label, Universal, and was taken on by the management company run by Simon Fuller, the force behind Pop Idol and its television spin-offs. However, being in the bosom of the pop establishment turned Winehouse surly and defensive. When she was accused early on by the press of being one of Fuller's pop puppets, she retorted: "He's clever enough to know he can't fuck with me."

If Winehouse was not entirely singular – Dusty Springfield and Maggie Bell preceded her as white British pop singers whose complicated personal lives yielded unguarded, richly soulful music – she certainly stood out from almost every other artist under 40. When Frank was released, just after her 20th birthday, the prevailing female pop sound was the manicured slickness epitomised by Girls Aloud. Winehouse's disconcerting sultriness meant she was initially classified as a jazz vocalist. Despite being tipped by critics as a "buzz" act – borne out by two Brits nominations in 2004 – she did not catch the public's fancy, and Frank peaked at No 13 in the charts.

It was when she finished promoting the album and set about writing the follow-up that a remarkable transformation took place. During this time she met her future husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who worked on the periphery of the music business as an assistant on video shoots. The attraction was apparently instant, at least on Winehouse's part, and when Fielder-Civil ended the relationship after a few months, she poured her depression into songs that would become Back to Black.

Of the months following their split, she said: "I had never felt the way I feel about him about anyone in my life. I thought we'd never see each other again. I wanted to die."

The album was released in late 2006, and when Winehouse began a round of concerts and TV appearances that autumn, it was obvious she had spent the recent past walking on the wild side. She had lost several stone and acquired armfuls of tattoos, a mountainous beehive hairdo and, it was rumoured, drug and alcohol problems.

Typically forthright, she drew attention to the latter in Back to Black's first single, Rehab, which became her signature song: "I don't never want to drink again, I just need a friend ... They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no." Despite its subject, the song was infectiously upbeat, and became her first top 10 hit, remaining in the charts for a near-record-breaking 57 weeks.

The whole album was also an instant, and huge, success. The jazz-lite that characterised Frank had been supplanted by sparky R&B, immediately hummable songs and, crucially, the performance of a lifetime from Winehouse, who sang as if her heart were damaged beyond repair. Critical acclaim was heaped on it – "One of the great breakthrough CDs of our time … when this lady sings about love, she means every word," said the US magazine Entertainment Weekly – and it appeared on numerous best-of-the-year lists. Its appeal transcended language barriers, sending it to No 1 in 18 countries, including the UK.

A great imponderable was whether Back to Black would have connected so strongly with listeners if Winehouse had not simultaneously been playing out her emotional dramas in public. Still wracked by the failure of her relationship with Fielder-Civil, her behaviour was erratic: her weight dropped further and the monstrous beehive got even taller. She seemed to lack the inhibitions that stop most people from "acting out" in public, which made her a tabloid dream. Drawn by the scent of disturbed celebrity, paparazzi were soon following her around the streets of north London.

Perversely, as her life became more complex, her success increased. She won the 2007 Brit award for best female artist, and Ivor Novello awards for Rehab and Love Is a Losing Game. In addition, she picked up Q magazine's best album trophy, and was nominated for that year's Mercury prize.

She unexpectedly reunited with Fielder-Civil in early 2007, and in May they married on impulse in Miami. If Winehouse had been fragile before, the marriage seemed to bring out the worst in her. She and her new husband became heavy drug users, and she was soon said to be injecting heroin. The couple were frequently photographed looking much the worse for wear, and Winehouse's arms bore the marks of self-inflicted cuts. She collapsed from an overdose in the summer, and paid the first of several unsuccessful visits to rehab.

Fielder-Civil was arrested in November 2007, and subsequently pleaded guilty to attacking a pub landlord and attempting to pervert the course of justice by offering him £200,000 to keep quiet about it. While he was on remand, Winehouse lurched on as best she could. She cancelled concerts, struck up a friendship with fellow addict Pete Doherty and tried rehab again. In the midst of it all, her talent still unquenched, she won five Grammy awards in February 2008.

The couple's relationship ended when Fielder-Civil received a jail sentence of 27 months the following July. Despite initially saying she would wait for him, they divorced in 2009 and she moved temporarily to the Caribbean island of St Lucia, where she hoped to escape the pernicious influence of the drug crowd in Camden, north London. Her flat in Camden was conveniently close to her favourite pub, the Hawley Arms. While she claimed to have kicked drugs in St Lucia, she admitted that she was drinking to compensate – though not to excess, she insisted.

Several other relationships followed, the longest-lasting with Reg Traviss, director of the films Screwed and Psychosis. Winehouse also began to record the follow-up to Back to Black; the head of Universal, Lucian Grainge, pronounced the demos "fantastic". She also launched her own label, Lioness, whose first signing was her then 13-year-old goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield.

Nonetheless, Winehouse was constantly in one sort of trouble or another. She was arrested several times for public order offences, and hospitalised for emphysema and the pain caused by breast implants. There were always signs that she had not conquered the demons she battled throughout her career: last year the tabloid papers ran a photo of her unconscious on a bench outside a pub, and last month she behaved so erratically on stage in the Serbian capital of Belgrade that the rest of her summer tour was cancelled.

Her final public appearance came three days before her death, at a gig by Bromfield at the Roundhouse, Camden. Winehouse danced in dreamy circles, then disappeared without singing a note.

Last March she made her final recording, the pop standard Body and Soul with Tony Bennett, to be released on his album Duets II in September. Bennett remembered her as "an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist". During the chaotic last years of her life, she was frequently compared to other singers with tempestuous existences, such as Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf.

She is survived by her parents and her brother, Alex.



• Amy Jade Winehouse, pop singer-songwriter,

born 14 September 1983; died 23 July 2011

• This article was amended on 27 July 2011.

The original referred to "fellow junkie Pete Doherty".

Junkie has been replaced by addict.

Amy Winehouse obituary,
G,
23.7.2011,
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jul/23/amy-winehouse-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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