A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.Written by
After watching this film, James Hetfield of Metallica was inspired to write a song called "Moth into Flame". See more »
Amy performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2004. At the time the festival was still in The Hague. (And not -yet- in Rotterdam, as the movie states.) She performed at one of the stages in the basement. See more »
Success to me is not success to the record company or whoever. Success to me is having the freedom to work with whoever I want to work with, to always be able to go to the studio when I have to go to the studio... I think the more people see of me, the more they'll realize that all I'm good for is making tunes. So leave me alone and I'll do it. I will do the music. I just need time to do the music.
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In My Bed
Written by Salaam Remi (as Gibbs), Amy Winehouse
Performed by Amy Winehouse at Prince's Trust Urban Music Festival, 2004
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Amy Winehouse appears courtesy of Island Records See more »
Back to Black
I saw this at the NXNE festival in Toronto last night. The movie was quite long, I must admit I was exhausted when I left. Not in a negative way, but overwhelmed at everything I had seen. The director had a lot of material to give us and he didn't hold back. The scene that I found the most powerful was the one in the recording studio with Tony Bennett, it was pure magic. I can't say that I followed Amy Winehouse, or was very familiar with her work, other than the song 'Rehab'. I did love her hairdo, it reminded me of the Ronettes. I am always fascinated by artists and how they develop.
We get a close up of Amy's artistic process. Her power was in her ability to constantly come up with song material that resonated with her at the deepest level and put those words to music. Combine this with a unaffected personality and an amazing ability to connect with an audience and you have a true force of nature. On the negative side, she had to deal with her personal daemons from her childhood. The tragedy was her use of drugs and alcohol. One gets the feeling from the movie of an almost inevitability of her path, but I guess that is always debatable.
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