By Chas Newkey-Burden
An undeniable musical icon and debatable big name determine, Amy Winehouse’s distinctive combination of jazz, pop, and soul making a song and songwriting have introduced her a number of awardsincluding prestigious Ivor Novellos and 5 Grammysas good as an military of dedicated enthusiasts who adore her wealthy voice and painfully sincere lyrics. in the meantime, wild tales approximately her turbulent and hedonistic own lifestyles have saved Amy within the headlines. She is a regular fixture within the tabloids and a fascination of superstar magazines, but she additionally holds the consideration of many critical musicians. This notable biography strains the lifetime of the tattooed ask yourself from her formative years pranks in north London via her days on the Sylvia younger Theatre college and her time spent operating with pop impresario Simon Fuller, as much as the proficient and rebellious Amy Winehouse of today.
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Extra info for Amy Winehouse: The Biography
In fact, Fuller funded that company. When asked what impression he made on her, she says haughtily, ‘Businesspeople don’t leave an impression with me. ’ When pressed on her time under Fuller’s guidance, she says, ‘It was never right. My manager on paper was not the person doing the day-to-day stuff. He was a lovely fellow but he didn’t care about music. He was definitely one of those people who left their work in the office. I needed someone else. ’ However, Fuller insists, ‘Music is my first love.
It was true. I did put her mother through a lot of shit. ’ However, she is keen to stress that she received lots of love and affection from her father. ‘When I was little, if I walked into a room where my dad was, I’d get kissed and cuddled by him. He was the same with my mum when they were still together. ’ She has also said that she is ‘a lot like my dad. ’ Mitchell remembers singing along with Amy when she was a child. He would begin singing a song – Frank Sinatra’s ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’, for instance – and then leave occasional lines out, allowing Amy to fill the gaps.
She stormed, ‘I was a big Billie Piper fan, but in her book she was very negative about Sylvia and the school and I think that’s wrong and unfair. If it wasn’t for Sylvia, she wouldn’t be where she is. ’ Young herself was more to the point, describing Piper’s remarks as ‘poisonous’. Sylvia Young remembers Amy very well. ‘It is hard to overstate just how much she struck me as unique, both as a composer and performer, from the moment she first came through the doors at the age of thirteen, sporting the same distinctive hairstyle that she has now,’ she says, adding that she believes Amy could well have become like Judy Garland or Ella Fitzgerald.
Amy Winehouse: The Biography by Chas Newkey-Burden