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Amy Winehouse: one of the finest singers of her generation

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Summary of obituary from the Independent, July 25, 2011

She may have eventually succumbed to her dependency on drink and drugs, but Amy Winehouse will, without doubt, be remembered as one of the finest singers of her generation.

In 2003 she released her first album, “Frank”.  It sold 250,000 copies in its first year, earning an Ivor Novello Award and a Mercury Music Prize nomination, amongst other accolades.

Her second album “Back to Black”, released in 2006, cemented her reputation as a truly original artist, selling two million copies in its first year.

However, Winehouse’s personal life became more and more public.  From her startling look of beehive hair, sailor tattoos and six-inch stilettos, to her stormy relationship with boyfriend, then husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, to her obvious drink and drug-fuelled altercations , she was rarely out of the public eye.

The year 2007 was a difficult one for Winehouse.  She and Fielder-Civil married, but she was also hospitalised after an overdose of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine, resulting in the cancellation of her US tour.

The couple were frequently photographed drunk or drugged and although they checked into rehab together in August, they left after five days.  At the end of the year Fielder-Civil was arrested and Winehouse abandoned her UK tour.

In 2009 Winehouse and Fielder-Civil divorced and she began work on a third album, however no release date ever materialised.

Earlier this year Winehouse began a comeback campaign. It started with the recording of a duet with Tony Bennett. A few weeks later she began a tour of Europe but this was cancelled in a storm of publicity when she appeared on stage drunk, mumbling and unable to perform.

There is no doubt that Winehouse’s personal problems proved to be overwhelming.  However, the UK and the world seemed to take her into their hearts.

There was an astonishing quantity of writing, by all kinds of people, pleading with her to get help, get better and fulfil her potential.

Amy Jade Winehouse, singer and songwriter; born London 14 September 1983; died London 23 July 2011.

WVoN comment: This is very much a fraction of an excellent and in-depth obituary.  Please refer to the full article for the full story.

  1. Wilhelm Anders says:

    This generation produced no fine anything.
    It has no sense of art.
    Of course, in relativist-feminist politically correct ideology,
    there is no such thing as standards.
    Everything is just subjective.
    Which is why we should all be watching ice-skating performances.
    Instead of taking part in real outdoor sports.
    Really, the feminisation of the society,
    ought to make both men and women, sick in their stomachs,
    and worried in their craniums.
    Now, please don’t censor this post.
    Democracy is the guiding cardinal principle of feminism.
    Or is it?

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