R ‘n’ B and retro soul singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her Camden apartment on Saturday after a long and destructive association with alcoholism and heavy drug abuse.
The diminutive artist, famous for her beehive hair, tattoo’s and excessive eyeliner had been rumoured to be on a particularly devastating cocktail of drink, hard drugs and discontent with her artistic and personal self.
…she will now forever be compared with some of the greatest artists in the past.
With only two albums recorded and released (debut Frank and the multi award winning Back to Black) Winehouse garnered astounding critical acclaim and a world-wide following of fans. She also paved the way for artists such as Adele, Duffy and even Lady Gaga.
After her break up with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil the singer was rumoured to be particularly distressed which culminated in her becoming more secluded, concentrating less on her advances in music and more on binges with friends in and around London’s famous scene.
…she “knew” she would be joining the “27 Club”…
After trying to rebuild her career, an unsuccessful comeback gig in Serbia failed with Winehouse being booed off the stage. The gig was planned to be the beginning of a European comeback tour.
Dying at the age of 27, she will now forever be compared with some of the greatest artists in the past. Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Kurt Kobain, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the same age creating a “club” of immensely talented artists who all struggled with drugs and personal demons.
…she often tried to expel demons through her sometimes haunting, yet uplifting, soulful music…
Friends of Winehouse have said that she “knew” she would be joining the “27 Club” and with less than two months until her 28th Birthday many will assume she is a willing addition.
Although her death is as yet unexplained, drug abuse will assumingly have played a part and her father Mitch, a London cab driver had revealed that she also developed emphysema which may have played a part in her untimely death.
A short but illustrious career…
Always wearing her heart on her sleeve she often tried to expel demons through her sometimes haunting, yet uplifting, soulful music with classic tracks such as Rehab, Love is a Losing Game and You Know I’m No Good.
A short but illustrious career, Amy Winehouse’s image, talent and powerful influence will grant her a deserved iconic status for her peers and fans to remember her by.
Image courtesy of Amy Winehouse