Amy Winehouse: The Biography by Chas Newkey-Burden

By Chas Newkey-Burden

An undeniable musical icon and arguable megastar determine, Amy Winehouse’s particular combination of jazz, pop, and soul making a song and songwriting have introduced her a bunch of awards—including prestigious Ivor Novellos and 5 Grammys—as good as an military of devoted enthusiasts who adore her wealthy voice and painfully sincere lyrics. in the meantime, wild tales approximately her turbulent and hedonistic own existence have stored Amy within the headlines. She is an everyday fixture within the tabloids and a fascination of star magazines, but she additionally holds the distinction of many severe musicians. This extraordinary biography strains the lifetime of the tattooed ask yourself from her formative years pranks in north London via her days on the Sylvia younger Theatre tuition and her time spent operating with pop impresario Simon Fuller, as much as the gifted and rebellious Amy Winehouse of today.

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I’m always happy to blow up any misconceptions that people have about stage school ’cos everyone thinks it’s really nasty there, but it’s not,’ she says of the star-maker factory. ‘I went to the BRIT School as well and that was shit. But Sylvia Young set me up to be a strong person,’ she decides. So it’s not all boobs out, bums in? ’ Amy might be dismissive of the BRIT School but many associated with it are hugely proud of her involvement. BBC 6 Music DJ Natasha Desborough said, ‘The likes of the Kooks and Amy Winehouse have put Croydon on the map because of the success of the BRIT School.

Fellow Sylvia Young graduate Denise Van Outen was outraged by Piper’s comments. She stormed, ‘I was a big Billie Piper fan, but in her book she was very negative about Sylvia and the school and I think that’s wrong and unfair. If it wasn’t for Sylvia, she wouldn’t be where she is. ’ Young herself was more to the point, describing Piper’s remarks as ‘poisonous’. Sylvia Young remembers Amy very well. ‘It is hard to overstate just how much she struck me as unique, both as a composer and performer, from the moment she first came through the doors at the age of thirteen, sporting the same distinctive hairstyle that she has now,’ she says, adding that she believes Amy could well have become like Judy Garland or Ella Fitzgerald.

As for James himself, he was a fan of Babyface, Boyz II Men and mainstream jazz acts. He went on to become a soul singer of some repute, winning the T4 One To Watch award at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party in 2005. qxd 18/3/09 09:55 Page 24 AMY WINEHOUSE with Amy on the track ‘Best of Me’ – received praise from many. The Sun described him as the UK’s answer to Justin Timberlake – praise indeed. ‘A refreshingly modern album drawing on vintage soul, jazz and pop,’ gushed the Observer, adding that it was ‘likeable and human’.

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