Vale Amy Whitehouse 1983-2011

Amy Winehouse in concert

Amy Winehouse sang as if her heart were damaged beyond repair. Photograph: Rex Features Source: The Guardian

I find it saddest that I’m not either surprised or shocked by her death.  I was never a fan in the sense of buying her music, but I have definitely enjoyed listening to her on radio and her performances on telly, before she became unable to do them any more.

Whatever it was that sets artists apart, Amy Winehouse had it. The fact that she “lost it” meant little. That this powerfully talented young woman now won’t get a chance to get it back is a tragedy of our times.

Source: Amy Winehouse: a creative inspiration for young female artists



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3 replies

  1. So fucking sad. What a voice she had, and more importantly, she was a young woman who deserved a future. It’s times like this I hate the fame machine. This is what The Industry does to people. 😦 It breaks my heart.

  2. Yes, the fame machine identified her as vulnerable and thus tabloid fodder right from the start and exploited that for profit.
    Mark at LP points out the genderised way that her drug usage etc has been infantilised to demean her while Jim Morrison etc were valorised for their similar habits.

  3. I can’t help but find all this talk of Winehouse entering the “27 club”* a bit off-putting. Yes it is quite a coincidence, but feeding a very recent death into the “rock folklore” machine is just NQR IMHO. It’s a bit too soon to lose sight of the loss of a life and the people who are now mourning a loved one.
    *Elsewhere on the internet, lumping her in with with Cobain, Hendrix, etc.

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