By Mitch Winehouse
Candid, compelling, and heartbreaking—a father's tale of a expertise taken too quickly and a legacy that may continue to exist for generations
On July 23, 2011, Amy Winehouse's kin, acquaintances, and enthusiasts around the globe mourned the tragedy that this notable, proficient, and terribly beneficiant younger lady used to be now long gone. A legion of committed enthusiasts had misplaced their idol; a devastated relations had misplaced their Amy. With this tough information got here an outpouring of affection and grief from her lovers, besides troubling questions on Amy's very public struggles with medicines and alcohol, as humans attempted to appreciate how this type of soulful singer were silenced so younger.
Now, during this intimate and smooth account, her father and confidant, Mitch, bargains an inside of view of Amy's existence as she lived it, placing to leisure 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 folk that formed her youth—from her mischievous formative years to her grandmother's Jazz Age tales, to her father making a song Frank Sinatra round the residence. laying off mild on Amy's musical coming-of-age, Mitch explores how she honed her specified sound, created her unforgettable glance, and channeled her personal lifestyles into hits reminiscent of "You comprehend I'm No Good," "Rehab," and "Back to Black"—some of the main memorable and private pop tune in years.
whereas her beehive hair, larger-than-life voice, and outrageous character made her well-known, her existence offstage made her notorious. right here Mitch holds not anything again approximately Amy's habit to medicinal drugs 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 some of the tabloid-fueled rumors approximately her tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, Mitch exposes the years of behind-the-scenes drama that ate up his lifestyles and explains how, if you happen to knew Amy in her final months, the best tragedy of all used to be that she ultimately seemed to be conquering her demons.
choked with insights into Amy Winehouse's track, photos from her lifestyles, and tales of the true girl at the back of the headlines, Amy, My Daughter is an emotional trip into tune, habit, and the unbreakable bond among a daughter and her father.
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The snakes would go off in the day and come back at night. He could kill them if he wanted to, but he was glad to have them for company. "You see, my child, God will take care of his people," said Aunt Charlotte. "He will hear us when we cry. True, we can't get anything to eat sometimes, but trials make us pray more. I just tell you, I don't sleep all night no night. I can't; for the Spirit of God wakes me up between midnight and day, and I just gets right down on my knees and tells my Father all about my trials here below.
He caught so much cold and is so painful he can't hardly rest at night. '" "Yes, ma'am; I used to be Catholic, but I never knowed how good the 'Merican religion was till I married John. He was a member of the 'Merican church, and he got me to go with him on Sundays to his church; and the more I went the more I liked it. I made my first communion when I was fifteen years old in the Catholic Church, and I was a Catholic for a long time. I tell you, I used to think no other religion was good like mine.
I remember I was out in the field hoeing cane in slave-time, and as I was getting toward the end of my row of cane I heard somebody over the fence in the woods calling me, and at first I did not know what to do; but as I looked up through the fence I saw it was Hattie. Madam, if you believe me, Hattie was almost naked that day! She asked me to give her something to eat; and I did give her all I had in my bucket. ' I said, "La! ' She said, 'I don't know, Lorendo. All I can tell, God took care of me in these woods.
Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse