By Chas Newkey-Burden
An undeniable musical icon and arguable megastar determine, Amy Winehouse’s specified combination of jazz, pop, and soul making a song and songwriting have introduced her a number of awardsincluding prestigious Ivor Novellos and 5 Grammysas good as an military of devoted lovers who adore her wealthy voice and painfully sincere lyrics. in the meantime, wild tales approximately her turbulent and hedonistic own existence have stored Amy within the headlines. She is a regular fixture within the tabloids and a fascination of star magazines, but she additionally holds the consideration of many critical musicians. This striking biography strains the lifetime of the tattooed ask yourself from her adolescence pranks in north London via her days on the Sylvia younger Theatre institution and her time spent operating with pop impresario Simon Fuller, as much as the gifted and rebellious Amy Winehouse of today.
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Amy recalls, ‘There was jazz but hip-hop was running through me, too. ’ However it was at the age of thirteen that one of Amy’s key musical moments occurred. One day she heard ‘Leader of the Pack’, by the Shangri-Las and fell in love with the girl band’s sound. More than anything, this moment pushed her towards a career in music herself. One of America’s leading girl groups of the 1960s, the Shangri-Las performed songs that were concerned with lost love and other teenage dramas. As well as ‘Leader of the Pack’, their other well-known songs include ‘Remember (Walking in the Sand)’ (later covered by rockers Aerosmith), ‘Out in the Streets’ (covered by Blondie), and the war romance classic ‘Long Live Our Love’.
I don’t think he cares if he gets a return on me. He’s got Pop Idol and his empire. ’ Amy has also been asked whether she was really uninterested in making money at this stage of her career. ‘No. Well, I am. Everyone’s interested in money. But if someone offered me three million pounds to make a Rachel Stevens cover record, I’d take it. Ha-ha! ’ ‘When I was eighteen, I wasn’t banging their door down. ’ Her designated manager at 19 admitted at the time, ‘She can be very frustrating. But I don’t have an issue with her frankness,’ he says.
Cannabis was a great comfort to her at this point, as was music of course. Her favourite around this time included Charlie Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Dinah Washington, Clifford Brown and Sarah Vaughan. ‘To hear subtle music like that, like a trio could give more to me than a big band, that’s when I learned about less is more,’ she said. ‘I started loving jazz and getting so much from it. There was nothing out there for me [musically]. Everything I liked, to this day, that was new was spoken word, rappers.
Amy Winehouse: The Biography by Chas Newkey-Burden