By Mitch Winehouse
Candid, compelling, and heartbreaking—a father's tale of a expertise taken too quickly and a legacy that would survive for generations
On July 23, 2011, Amy Winehouse's kinfolk, pals, and fanatics around the globe mourned the tragedy that this amazing, gifted, and terribly beneficiant younger lady used to be now long gone. A legion of committed fanatics had misplaced their idol; a devastated relatives had misplaced their Amy. With this tough information got here an outpouring of affection and grief from her fanatics, in addition to troubling questions on Amy's very public struggles with medications and alcohol, as humans attempted to appreciate how the sort of soulful singer have been silenced so younger.
Now, during this intimate and delicate account, her father and confidant, Mitch, bargains an inside of view of Amy's lifestyles as she lived it, placing to relaxation as soon as and for the entire controversies that experience lengthy surrounded her. Sifting truth from fiction, he pre-sents a portrait of Amy not like the other, detailing the occasions and the folks that formed her youth—from her mischievous adolescence to her grandmother's Jazz Age tales, to her father making a song Frank Sinatra round the condo. laying off gentle on Amy's musical coming-of-age, Mitch explores how she honed her specified sound, created her unforgettable glance, and channeled her personal existence into hits corresponding to "You comprehend I'm No Good," "Rehab," and "Back to Black"—some of the main memorable and private pop song in years.
whereas her beehive hair, larger-than-life voice, and outrageous character made her well-known, her existence offstage made her notorious. the following Mitch holds not anything again approximately Amy's dependancy to medications and alcohol, blending the painful with the poignant as he describes the realities of her dependencies and the toll they took at the friends and family who refused to renounce on her. Revealing the reality approximately Amy's substance abuse and dispelling a number of the tabloid-fueled rumors approximately her tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, Mitch exposes the years of behind-the-scenes drama that fed on his existence and explains how, in the event you knew Amy in her final months, the best tragedy of all was once that she eventually looked to be conquering her demons.
full of insights into Amy Winehouse's track, images from her existence, and tales of the true lady at the back of the headlines, Amy, My Daughter is an emotional trip into song, habit, and the unbreakable bond among a daughter and her father.
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Oh yeah? Huh. ” By that he meant, this better not interfere with our fishing. John had actually met Amber before any of us had moved to Alaska, as mutual friends of the Minneapolis-based jam band the Sweet Potato Project. He didn’t know much about her other than that, like me, she couldn’t say no to live music shows. In fact, our paths may never have intersected if not for the Girdwood-based band the Photonz, which lured us both to town. Amber was at the end of a festival-hopping road trip from Minnesota to Alaska when someone urged her to check out the band, which was playing that night in Girdwood.
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