Friday 19 July 2013

Book ~ "Amy, My Daughter" (2012) Mitch Winehouse

From Goodreads ~ Candid, compelling, and heartbreaking - a father's story of a talent taken too soon and a legacy that will live on for generations

On July 23, 2011, Amy Winehouse's family, friends and fans around the world mourned the tragedy that this remarkable, talented, and extraordinarily generous young woman was now gone. A legion of dedicated fans had lost their idol; a devastated family had lost their Amy. With this difficult news came an outpouring of love and grief from her fans, along with troubling questions about Amy's very public struggles with drugs and alcohol, as people tried to understand how such a soulful singer had been silenced so young.

Now, in this intimate and tender account, her father and confidant, Mitch, offers an inside view of Amy's life as she lived it, putting to rest once and for all the controversies that have long surrounded her. Sifting fact from fiction, he presents a portrait of Amy unlike any other, detailing the events and the people that shaped her youth - from her mischievous childhood to her grandmother's Jazz Age stories, to her father singing Frank Sinatra around the house. Shedding light on Amy's musical coming-of-age, Mitch explores how she honed her distinctive sound, created her unforgettable look, and channeled her own life into hits such as "You Know I'm No Good," "Rehab," and "Back to Black" - some of the most memorable and personal pop music in years.

While her beehive hair, larger-than-life voice and outrageous personality made her famous, her life offstage made her infamous. Here Mitch holds nothing back about Amy's addiction to drugs and alcohol, mixing the painful with the poignant as he describes the realities of her dependencies and the toll they took on the family and friends who refused to give up on her. Revealing the truth about Amy's substance abuse and dispelling many of the tabloid-fueled rumors about her tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, Mitch exposes the years of behind-the-scenes drama that consumed his life and explains how, for those who knew Amy in her last months, the greatest tragedy of all was that she finally appeared to be conquering her demons.

Filled with insights into Amy Winehouse's music, photographs from her life, and stories of the real woman behind the headlines, "Amy, My Daughter" is an emotional journey into music, addiction, and the unbreakable bond between a daughter and her father.

The only song I know of Amy's is Rehab, which I like.  I like reading bios/autobios and I thought hers would be an interesting story ... and it was.  This book is written by her dad, Mitch, and tells the story of Amy's life from her birth to her death at age 27 in 2011.

I enjoyed the writing style.  There was a lot of detail but I didn't find it was too much information.  I thought it was written in an honest manner and it must have been hard for the author to tell his story.  Her dad did so much to control her life, trying to save her from her dependency on drugs, booze and her ex-husband, Blake (who sounds like a jerk).  As I was reading this book, I wondered if there comes a point where a parent eventually steps back and lets their child take responsibility for their actions.  As a parent, that would be a hard decision to make knowing it could end badly.  As exasperated and pissed off as Mitch was at times with Amy, he never gave up on her.

There were times when I liked Amy and times when I didn't.  She would be very generous and a loving daughter.  But she was also selfish and self-centred even when she wasn't on drugs or booze.  She was an adult and though people called her on her actions, it wasn't enough to make her stop acting like a spoiled brat.

Mitch is donating all his proceeds as author of this book to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which her family has established. The Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. They also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.


Masshole Mommy said...

Sorry, but I have zero interest in this woman.

BetteJo said...

I like biographys - this very well might be an interesting read. I just find it so tragic when these talented young people (holy cow do I sound old!) die so young.