Winehouse died at 27, a victim of drugs, alcohol and over-indulgence. But nothing, not even death, could cloud her talent.
She had a unique throw-back style and distinctive blues-inflected voice that won six Grammy, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Her 2006 album “Back to Black” sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
Even though she only produced two albums, Frank in 2003 and Back to Black in 2006, she heralded a new British invasion of retro-soul artists that includes Duffy, Adele, Corine Baily Rae and most recently Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding.
In the end, however, Winehouse became best known for her descent into drug and alcohol abuse. Thin and chronically underweight, she was captured on video in clubs inhaling copious amounts of cocaine and downing bottles of vodka.
Her marriage to musician Blake Fielder-Civil was equally self-destructive.
She died on July 23, 2011 of acute alcohol poisoning just after she finally seemed to be kicking her demons. She’d spent eight weeks in the Caribbean trying to avoid the temptations of the London scene; apparently to no avail.
Winehouse used to joke that she feared ending up in the “27 Club,” the age at which so many talented musicians, from Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin to Jimi Hendrix, had died.
And she did.
The documentary is directed by Asif Kapadia, who received the cooperation of Amy’s family. Much of the documentary is narrated in her own prophetic words. He promises to shed new light into her world with previously unseen footage.
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