Book Review: Amy, My Daughter

amyAmy, My Daughter is a biography about the late Amy Winehouse written by her father, Mitch Winehouse.  As such, there are a lot of personal stories in here about her life from the perspective of her father.  He says that she was always quite mischievous.  Throughout the book there are also photos of some of the birthday cards that Amy had sent Mitch over the years.  He also notes that him saying “I think she’s fine” did come up during a conversation about her going to rehab – and it made it in the song.  With the exception of Rehab – all the songs on Back to Black were about Blake.  This was the person that turned Amy on to drugs and it was around when they got together that her Dad started keeping a diary – which is probably why he can remember the stories recalled in the book so well.  It is quite a tragic tale – Amy truly was trying to get better and seemed to only have alcohol as her vice, but unfortunately she could not overcome it.  Such a talent, gone too soon!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

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.

 

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