AMY WINEHOUSE was found dead at her home in Camden, London yesterday (July 23 2011). Police have yet to provide the cause of death but it is widely assumed to be a drug overdose in light of her previous battles with addiction.
Like so may creatively talented artists before her, AMY WINEHOUSE battled with life. Her first album, the defensively lyrical and jazzily presented Frank, was composed stoned. The immense selling, Back to Black, was inspired by the Sixties and alcohol addiction. Crack cocaine may have been her downfall, contributing to health problems that included reduced lung capacity and eating disorders.
Hopefully she’ll be remembered for music. Ironically, that is likely because of her massive hit, ‘Rehab’, though even she said, “My justification is that most people my age spend a lot of time thinking about what they’re going to do for the next five or ten years. The time they spend thinking about their life, I just spend drinking.”
Undoubtedly, recordings will surface posthumously and ensure some legendary status…and solace for saddened fans. One fun gem is the little known Ska E.P. (2008). Download her cover of Sam Cooke’s ‘Cupid’ and remember AMY a little longer today.
AMY WINEHOUSE joins the infamous 27 Club as she died at the same age as Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many other musicians.