Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Amy My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse

As an artist, she had few peers. Her lyrical prowess and timeless contralto vocals made her an instant revelation when her debut album Frank was released in 2003. And as her star continued to rise it became evident that this seemingly delicate girl from north London was much more than just a precocious talent.
Genius, inspiration, icon; there are many ways to describe Amy Winehouse, but it was her wit, charm and lust for life that cemented her place in the hearts of her fans.
Here, using exclusive extracts from his own personal diaries, Amy’s father and confidant Mitch celebrates what influenced his daughter. Documenting her early years from Sylvia Young to the Brit School, and the darker side of her life as she struggled to cope with her addictions under the glare of the media spotlight, he gives new insights.
With never before seen photos, notes and drawings, this book brings together the many layers of Amy’s life – the personal, the private and the public – to create an honest and intensely moving account of the life of the most talented recording artist of her generation.



Everyone has heard of Amy Winehouse. There were days and weeks when every time you opened a newspaper another story of her antics were splashed over the pages. I didn't know a lot about Amy only what I read but like everyone I was sad at such a talented girl having her life cut short.
Like a lot of people I  made assumptions about Amy's life and her family. I didn't really like her father Mitch, he seemed in my eyes to be making a name for himself on the back of his daughter's fame. This book changed my perception.
This book is not a literary work of art, Mitch is not a writer but when he is telling the story of  Amy's life it's as if he has pulled up a chair by the fireside and is emptying his heart to you. What comes across was how kind and loving she was, she loved her family and friends and helped most people she came into contact with and Mitch tells us some good stories about shepeople she helped.

She was a tricky schoolgirl, in trouble for not paying attention and bad behaviour she eventually went to the Sylvia Young School where she could sing to her hearts content. Everyone was so proud of her.
What happened to send her off the rails and into drink and drugs? Her father thinks it's when she met and fell in love with Blake, she fell so deep that she just couldn't find her way out. Needless to say there's no love lost between Mitch and Blake.

This book broke my heart, I wanted to reach out to her and set her on the right road,but no one could and no one tried harder than Mitch. Amy had bodyguards 24 hrs a day not only to protect her from herself but also from intrusive press and hangers on who would come and drink and take drugs at her house, she would never have turned them away.

She had given up taking drugs a few years before she died but found it harder to stop drinking and it killed her in the end. She was so near to getting well, she was going for longer without a drink,so nearly there.
Mitch will tell you about the press and the awful phone calls he would receive.
Nearing the end of the book he speaks of a black butterfly appearing at Amy's funeral and at her wake. I was telling my husband about this book as we sat in a restaurant in Turkey when a black butterfly fluttered all around us, it was very surreal.

Amy had the money to book herself into re-hab or hospital any time she liked she also had money to buy drugs and booze and had people tripping over themselves to buy it for her. Her family have set up a charity in her name, it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds which has went to various organisations helping children and young people. It also supports young people in re-hab and with drug awareness.
This book is well worth a read if only to set the record straight and I now believe that her father Mitch is one of the good guys.

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I was provided with a kindle copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

4 comments:

  1. I really did like the idea of reading this and still do after your review. I think it is so easy to forget the persona isn't quite the person that is behind the image and you often forget the family or what they went through to get to where they end up. Thanks for reviewing and sharing.

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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    1. Yes you're right I'm really glad I read it.

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  2. What a sad story, Anne. I was never a fan as I didn't like her voice or her songs, but you couldn't help but know about her. She was always in the news. She is one of those tragedies of the modern super star world. It started in the sixties with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin and even Keith Moon of the Who, and so it goes on. Very touching. Thanks for another interesting and very compassionate review!

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  3. Yes it was Val. I was never that keen on Amy probably because of the press but this story makes you realise that what the press tells is often untrue.

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