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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse

Amy, My DaughterAmy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I felt this book was written more as a therapeutic release for her Father Mitch than for his daughter, or indeed putting the record straight, which isn't a bad thing.

I must thank Mitch for allowing us an insight to Amy that we never would have seen. I can see she was a spoilt 'Daddies" girl, and as hard as her Father tried to steer her in the right course of her life, she never made it.

Amy is one of the tragic celebrity stars that are lost to this world too early, ones that can give so much, but never make it, but leave us so much.

Many similar cases have been written about, this one unique of course to Mitch as its his daughter. I remember reading another story some time back like this.

Apart from Amy's struggles within herself, she has left a legacy of her superb music, each one with lyrics to really listen to and adhere.

Thank you to HarperCollins UK, Nonfiction/Collins vi Net Galley for allowing me to read and have a chance to review this book.

I do have to say, that yes, in some places the book is repetitive, but this just enhances the books authenticity more I feel.

No one can sit on judgement of another family, unless they have a perfect family themselves.

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 pre-sents 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

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