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Amy Winehouse (14 September 1983 - 23 July 2011)
Amy Winehouse was an English singer/songwriter, best known for her Grammy Award-winning albums and critically acclaimed 2006 single 'Rehab'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the time of her death in 2011, Amy Winehouse had a net worth of 10 million USD.
Childhood: Amy Winehouse was born in North London to Mitchell and Janis Winehouse, and lived with them and her elder brother Alex in Southgate. When Winehouse was nine years old, her parents separated, leading to Winehouse living with her mother and staying with her father at weekends. At this time, Winehouse began attending Susi Earnshaw Theatre School on Saturdays to take singing and tap-dancing lessons. After attending the school for four years, she founded the rap group Sweet 'n' Sour with a friend, before then began attending Sylvia Young Theatre School full time.
Career: Amy Winehouse first began making her own music at the age of fourteen after buying a guitar. After spending some time doing live performances, a friend of Winehouse sent her demo tape to a manager, with Winehouse becoming signed to 19 Management in 2002 for 250 GBP per week. Winehouse began producing music, however it went unreleased as the management chose not to reveal her to the industry. On 20th October 2003, 'Frank', Winehouse's debut studio album, was released. The album received glowing reviews and went on to become triple platinum. While 'Frank' - named in honour of Frank Sinatra - was very jazz-influenced, Winehouse focused on 50s and 60s girl groups for her second album. On 27th October 2006, Winehouse released 'Back to Black'. The acclaimed album received 6 Grammy Awards, before going on to become the second best-selling album in the UK in the 21st Century by 2011.
Personal Life: In 2006, Amy Winehouse dated Alex Clare. A year later, she married Blake Fielder-Civil after dating him on and off for several years. Fielder-Civil was imprisoned for assault in 2008, and Winehouse began seeing Josh Bowman. Winehouse and Fielder-Civil divorced in 2009. Fielder-Civil revealed later that during their time together, he had introduced her to cocaine and heroin.
Death: On 23th July 2011, paramedics arrived at Winehouse's London home at 3:54 pm, after a call from her bodyguard that revealed she was not moving and had stopped breathing. She was pronounced dead at the scene, with an investigation on 26th October 2011 revealing that her blood alcohol level was over five-times more than the legal drink-drive limit.
The new rendition was aired on BBC Radio 1.
Sam Smith is just one of those singers that never manages to leave a dry eye in the house. Now, he's taken things a step further by performing a sensational cover of the late Amy Winehouse's ballad 'Love Is A Losing Game' on BBC Radio 1 after seeing the biopic.
Sam Smith pays tribute to late idol Amy Winehouse
The 'Amy' documentary was probably one of the most touching films of the year, receiving widespread critical acclaim for its candid portrayal of Amy Winehouse's rise to stardom and her tragic fall from grace. As fans will know, the talented singer's short life was tainted by relationship woes and self-esteem issues in addition to the substance addiction she fell victim to - which makes her hits all the more moving when you hear them.
It follows quickly from the success of Asif Kapadia's documentary 'Amy' earlier in 2015.
After the success of the documentary movie Amy earlier this year, the late Amy Winehouse is now to be the subject of an unofficial biopic, with reports suggesting that Noomi Rapace is in talks to portray the tragic singer.
According to Screen Daily, the 35 year old Swedish actress is in preliminary discussions for a project that has the working title of Amy Winehouse. The script has been written by former Oscar nominee Kirsten Sheridan, who is also on board to direct the project. Sheridan was nominated in 2007 for co-writing the script for In America, directed by her father Jim Sheridan.
Noomi Rapace could be in line to play Amy Winehouse in an unofficial biopic
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Asif Kapadia will direct a feature-length documentary on the band, charting their rise to fame.
Asif Kapadia, the director of award wining documentaries Senna and Amy has chosen Oasis as his next subject. Kapadia and James Gay-Rees will produce a feature-length documentary on the 90s Britpop band that will “chart the journey from the moment in 1991 when Noel joined his brother Liam’s band”.
Oasis will be the subject of a new documentary by Asif Kapadia.
According to Screen Daily, “the filmmakers have been given ‘unprecedented’ access to the band and unseen archive footage and the film will include candid insight from the famously stormy brothers”. The film will be directed by Mat Whitecross, who previously worked on Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Spike Island.
Continue reading: Oasis To Be Subject Of New Documentary By 'Amy' Director Asif Kapadia
With the highest grossing opening weekend for a British documentary ever, 'Amy' was the surprise cinema hit of the summer. What could've been a very biased, judgemental take on the singer's life was instead a compassionate look at the devastating impact that drinks, drugs, and the paparazzi had on a young woman's life. As music documentaries go, the filmmakers could've easily used tabloid fodder to document Amy Winehouse's dramatic final years, but instead turned to her words and music to tell her story. No narrator was needed in the film to guide us through her life. Audiences were able to watch Winehouse growing up on the road in her late teens as she played jazz clubs around the UK, through to her final tour after the 'Back To Black' album, with her lyrics carrying the narrative of the film.
While listening to the soundtrack, you can feel all of the ups and downs that Winehouse was going through at the time. There's the fantastic 'Stronger Than Me' that shows off the powerful, resilient side to Winehouse. But then the likes of 'Rehab' and 'Love Is A Losing Game' tell you that all is not well in her life. No matter how many times you may have heard the songs, the lyrics still manage to cut through in all of their rawness and stark beauty.
Antonio Pinto's instrumental tracks are delicate and emotive, sweeping you along in between Winehouse's offerings. Pinto conjures up the drama and sadness that Asif Kapadia's documentary depicted so beautifully without the need of a narrator.
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The 'Uptown Funk!' star collaborated on many occasions with Winehouse, and was pleased to add his name to the list of patrons.
The musical partnership between Ronson and the late Amy Winehouse is arguably the most memorable pop couplings in recent memory. The English producer and musician worked on a number of tracks on Winehouse’s 2006 album Back To Black, and they hooked up again for that rendition of ‘Valerie’ for Ronson’s own album Version.
“I've supported it and the work the foundation does from the beginning,” Ronson said at the event, held at the Savoy hotel on Thursday night (October 15th).
Continue reading: Mark Ronson Becomes Patron Of The Amy Winehouse Foundation
Asif Kapadia’s documentary ‘Amy’ has earned five star reviews and is breaking box office records.
Amy the documentary by Asif Kapadia about the late singer Amy Winehouse has broken UK box office records, enjoying the biggest ever opening weekend for a British documentary film as well as the all time second biggest opening for a documentary.
Amy has broken box office records.
Asif Kapadia’s doc is second only to Michael Moore’s 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11, which eventually took $12 million a figure which Amy could easily surpass. Amy opened in the UK on Friday (July 3rd) and earned £519,000 from just 133 cinemas.
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His interpretations of Amy's life and music are very different from her father's.
Filmmaker Asif Kapadia took three years to make Amy, his documentary about Amy Winehouse, which is compiled from some 100 interviews and a staggering range of archival footage. As he did in his award-winning 2010 Formula One doc Senna, Kapadia prefers to the story tell itself rather than force a narrative. "I had no idea what this film was," he says. "I had no thesis, I had no plan. I know what the beginning and the middle and the end is, but if it changes I'm going to go with it."
The documentary sees Amy Winehouse at her most vulnerable
That beginning, middle and end are well-known: North Londoner Amy Winehouse was natural jazz musician who became a global superstar by age 22. But she struggled with fame, and in 2011 she died at 27 after years of addiction and bulimia.
As with his Formula One documentary Senna, filmmaker Asaf Kapadia cleverly uses archival footage to explore the wrenching story of Amy Winehouse. It's a strikingly journalistic approach that refuses to let anyone off the hook even as it draws out their deepest emotions. Lyrically edited by Chris King, the film is both beautiful and achingly sad, especially as it engulfs the audience on a big cinema screen.
A naturally gifted musician, Amy started writing her own songs at age 14 and had a publishing deal by 16, performing in small clubs as well as with the National Youth Jazz orchestra. At 20, her debut 2003 album Frank caused ripples in the industry with its jazz-infused vocals. And three years later, her follow-up Back in Black catapulted her into global stardom, something she never wanted. To escape the clamouring paparazzi and ever-larger audiences, she retreated into her on-off relationship with Blake Fielder, including a two-year marriage. But their key escape was to use large quantities of alcohol and drugs, which began to take a toll on Amy's career, leading to rambling interviews and shambolic stage appearances. In her lucid moments, she still had that raw power, and a series of rehab stints helped her conquer drugs. But in 2011, her alcohol consumption finally stopped her heart, which had been weakened by decades of bulimia.
Kapadia recounts this story using a staggering array of home movies, performance footage and press imagery, letting her prescient song lyrics play out across the screen as she performs them in homes, recording studios, TV shows and a variety of stages. Meanwhile, she tells her story in voiceover taken from interviews, plus new comments from her family, friends and colleagues. All of this is assembled with skill by the filmmakers to recount Amy's story chronologically, never shying away from the hard truths while refusing to let those closest to her adjust the material to revise history. In other words, it's sometimes brutally honest, not in the way it assigns blame but in the way it creates a portrait of a system that feeds off artists without properly looking out for them.
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Universal destroyed the demos for the late singer's planned third album in order to prevent sampling of her voice in the future.
Before her tragic death in July 2011, Amy Winehouse apparently recorded demo versions of tracks intended for a third album – however, they’ll never see the light of day because they were destroyed by her record label Universal.
David Joseph, the chairman / CEO of the major label, told Billboard that the decision was taken to stop unauthorised sampling in the future. “It was a moral thing,” he said, “taking a stem or a vocal is not something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can't happen on anyone else's.”
The revelation came as part of an extended feature article, in a series of interviews with the late singer’s friends, fans and collaborators, ahead of the theatrical release of documentary movie Amy.
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The BBC doc comes ahead of the cinema release of Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed documentary ‘Amy’.
A new documentary produced by the BBC looking at the life and career of the late Amy Winehouse has been made available on the channel’s Iplayer service. Titled ‘Amy Winehouse In Her Own Words’ the doc uses previously unseen footage and performances to tell the tragic story of the singer who died in 2011.
'Amy Winehouse: In Her Own Words' is now available on BBC Iplayer.
The doc features a performances from a BBC One session the singer did in 2007, after her second album Back To Black made her an international name. Also included is footage from her appearances on ‘Later With Jools Holland’, her 2004 and 2008 Glastonbury performances and the 2004 Mercury Music Prize.
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Ahead of the documentary about the singer's life, Winehouse's ex-husband has spoken to defend himself over his role in her addiction.
Blake Fielder, the former husband of the late Amy Winehouse, has denied that he “ruined” the singer’s life and rejected suggestions that he was responsible for her decline into addiction.
Winehouse, who died in 2011 at the age of 27, was married to Fielder (known then as Blake Fielder-Civil) from 2007 for two years, and the pair continued an on-off relationship for a couple of years afterwards despite the breakdown of the marriage. Fielder, now 33, is often blamed for introducing the Back To Black singer to hard drugs and beginning her spiral into substance and alcohol abuse.
Amy Winehouse with Fielder in 2007
The director recently came in for criticism by Mitch Winehouse over the portrayal of him and his family in 'Amy'.
Asif Kapadia, the director of the imminently released documentary about Amy Winehouse, has defended himself against criticisms made by the late singer’s father Mitch. Winehouse passed away in July 2011 at the age of 27, and Kapadia’s new movie Amy focusses on her early years and her rise to fame as well as the tragic end to her life.
Last month, Mitch Winehouse revealed that he had ordered the film to be re-edited upon seeing its original cut, claiming that the documentary had an "agenda" and had ended up portraying him and the rest of his family in “the worst possible light”.
Director Asif Kapadia has been criticised by Amy Winehouse's father Mitch
The late singer's father has objected to the portrayal of both himself and his daughter in the forthcoming 'Amy' documentary, and wants to straighten some things out.
Mitch Winehouse has maintained his opposition to the upcoming documentary film about his daughter Amy, saying that he would be interested in setting the record straight and working on a project of his own in the future.
Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia and due to be released on July 3rd in the UK and the rest of the world on July 10th, has won critical praise but drawn many objections from the late singer’s family, the most vocal of whom has been her father.
Continue reading: Amy Winehouse's Father Mitch Interested In Making Own Documentary
Monumentally loved by all who met her, Amy Winehouse quickly rose to fame with her quirky image and extraordinary vocal style. But this was a woman who fell in love easily, and fell hard. A woman not equipped to deal with the press attention that lay before her. A woman too troubled to say no to anything that would help ease the pain of fame. After releasing a set of internationally acclaimed hits such as 'Rehab' and 'Back To Black', she was discovered dead in her home at the age of just 27, following a typical night of heavy binge drinking back in 2011. There were those who adored her and what she brought to music, but there were also those who would to anything to discredit her for a headline story. And headlines are exactly what they got.
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Just days after its premiere, the movie is attracting a lot of criticism.
Amy Winehouse’s biopic premiered at Cannes this weekend and the critics are ready to have their say. The film, which tells Winehouse’s story from her early days right up until her death from alcohol at age 27, includes archive footage and interviews with Winehouse’s collaborators, friends and loved ones.
Amy hits theatres in the UK this July.
"I don't think I'm going to be at all famous. I don't think I could handle it," a young Winehouse can be heard saying in a particularly ominous clip.
Date of birth
14th September, 1983
Date of death
14th September, 2011
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NEWS: It's ‘Frank’s’ 10th Anniversary https://t.co/ILFXrufgFX / Watch 'Stronger Than Me' http://t.co/AOOD9eJGvK http://t.co/HGA2XHgknd
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NEWS: Meeting Mark Ronson and recording Back To Black: Read the third and final excerpt from Amy, My Daughter here: http://t.co/teGxNIX0Qx
NEWS: Read a second excerpt from Amy, My Daughter on the meaning behind her lyrics and signing her record deal here: http://t.co/NN89bHE9HD
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NEWS: The paperback of #AmyMyDaughter the official biography of Amy Winehouse is out today in the UK http://t.co/YkLO8ZLluj
NEWS: @AmysFoundation have already made a difference to a number of young people. Read more about the work here http://t.co/hKdHCc4B0t
NEWS: Would you like to see a new London street named in memory of Amy Winehouse? Read the full story HERE http://t.co/KpT72sOT2n
NEWS: Amy Winehouse has been nominated for 'Best Female' at this years @BRITAwards read the full story here http://t.co/TyNJt4rZ #BRITsnoms
"Amy Winehouse At The BBC" is out now. To see the full tracklisting and to buy your copy, visit the official website http://t.co/3xe26Ob8
The 2-disc set will include acclaimed DVD “Amy Winehouse – The Day She Came To Dingle” and“The BBC Sessions” audio CD. http://t.co/X9T7vZhm
“Amy Winehouse At The BBC” out Nov 12th will also be available as a standard 2-disc set. Read the full story at http://t.co/bKhCczYq
NEWS: @Nas has released the video to his track 'Cherry Wine' featuring Amy Winehouse. Watch here: http://t.co/CTe3CZyN
News: @Zalon has released 'You Let Me Breathe' with all proceeds going to @AmysFoundation here http://t.co/grgFlUgA via @AmysFoundation
"Amy Winehouse At The BBC" - out 12th November 2012 - is available to pre order now http://t.co/HrsR7Kgn
"Amy Winehouse At The BBC", a special edition four-disc collection, will be out on November 12th. Find out more at http://t.co/bKhCczYq
You can personalise the Amy, My Daughter artwork with your own tribute to Amy on FB http://t.co/LO2l1f0X author proceeds to @AmysFoundation