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Amy Winehouse: The Biography 1983-2011

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  199 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A detailed biography that pays tribute to the award-winning singer whose turbulent life and untimely death have captivated the world

An indisputable musical icon and controversial celebrity figure, Amy Winehouse's unique blend of jazz, pop, and soul singing and songwriting brought her a host of awards—including two prestigious Ivor Novellos and five Grammys—as well as an ar
Paperback, 230 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by John Blake (first published January 1st 2008)
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Meg ♥
Honestly, I have never been a fan of Amy's. It's definitely not that I thought she was a bad singer. Her music just wasn't my type. Pure curiosity is the reason I decided to read this book.

As far as biographies go this one was interesting enough to grab the attention of a non-fan and hold on until the end. It talked about relationships with her family, lovers, and friends. It also went into great detail about her albums, and showed reviews on them as well as several performances. It mentioned s
Pete daPixie
It is hard to think of any British artist of recent decades who has been more assailed by the press pack than Amy Winehouse. The Gallagher brothers and Pete Doherty pale in comparison. To off set the distortion of News International et al I grabbed at 'Amy Winehouse-The Biography.'
As poptastic biogs go, this one wasn't bad, it's just that it was published back in 2008 and therefore misses the last few years of Amy's life.
Chas Newkey-Burden writes in his Introduction, "She has not, at the time of
Following the recent death of Amy Winehouse, it seems that this previous released biography from 2009 has been swiftly updated and re-issued after these sad events. Although quite skimpy tome for a biography of such a colourful artist (less than 230 pages), Newkey-Burden does well to present the life of Winehouse and her musical prowess in a sympathetic tone. As a fan of Winehouse, I appreciate the fact that the author stays on the moderate and supportive side of her career. It would be easy for ...more
C.M. Subasic
Perhaps it is because of my expectations that I disliked this book so much. I thought I'd be getting some insight into her character, what she thought and felt about her rise to fame, her struggles, her loves. Instead this book is a collection of reviews of her concerts and some of the entertainment rags. The author does not appear to have thoughts about Amy, except of the hyperbolic sort. The author is a cheerleader. Perhaps that's okay for a brief article but for a book that is supposedly repr ...more
Yawn. What a boring book, and not because Amy winehouse herself was boring, but because of the writing style of the author. The endless he said, she said" gets very old after the first few pages. It is largely based on interviews and doesn't have any new, exciting information. The author makes it sound like Winehouse was a singer with an attitude and that's it. Um, I already knew that! I could have done without reading any of it with all that I learned. I am sure the book by her dad will be more ...more
maithê rosa
eu ganhei esse livro num amigo secreto, e demorei mais do que deveria pra terminar (é um livro curto e tal).
mesmo assim, achei que foi uma leitura boa. o autor escreve bem, mas às vezes parece (muito) que algumas partes do livro são inventadas, principalmente as "um amigo íntimo disse...". achei também que a infância dela passou meio rápido, e o pacing do livro é meio estranho mesmo (capítulos gigantes depois capítulos pequenos e corridos). dei 3/5 estrelas porque achei interessante conhecer mai
I found this book fascinating, perhaps all the more because it was written before Amy Winehouse joined the "27 Club" of music stars who have died at that awful young age, seemingly at the height of their careers. It was pretty easy while reading the book, though, to guess how this sad tale would play out, even if I hadn't already known.

In places the book reads more like a mere "fanboy" piece than a true biography; it jumps around a lot in places enough to make it difficult to figure out the time
Yuska Vonita
Amy's tragic life was already predicted by many. Blame it on the drugs. RIP Amy. You'll be remembered through your sultry voice and music.
Judy Hall
I wish I had paid attention to her music when she was alive. When I hear her sing Valerie, I just want to reach out and hug her.
I'm glad it's over - the book.
What a waste of life,
Iida Mäkinen
Nojoo.. Olen aina tykännyt Amy Winehousen musiikista, hän on oikeastaan ainoa naisartisti, jota jollakin tapaa siedän. En ole tiennyt hänestä juuri mitään, mitä nyt aikoinani tuli luettua lehtiotsikoita hänestä, eihän niitä kukaan päässyt karkuun. Kirjasta sain jotakin uutta tietoa mutta kyllä tämä kirja keskittyi, valitettavasti, enemmän skandaaleihin ja Amyn surullisenkuuluisaan elämäntyyliin. Tottakai tämäkin asia nousee esille, kun on kyse Amysta,onhan hän sen itsekin myöntänyt avoimesti, mu ...more
I decided to read this one on a lazy Sunday. Light and one day read. I am a fan of her music and never peeped into her life. Though after reading this one i understood her music and life far better but i still think the writing style could have been better. In fact i wouldn't even call this book a biography. It is just cut-paste of all the media interviews, supporters, fans and critics views. She deserve a better Biography.
Mara Ojeda
I didn't really love this book, but I didn't hate it either. I am not a fan of biographies, so I did find it a bit tedious to read. Also, the author would sometimes jump around between past, present, and future. This was annoying and confusing. I did like however that the author did not get too into depth on any one subject. It was just a nice overview of her life, struggles, and accomplishments.
This biography is fluently written. It was published in 2008, which sometimes leads to phrases that are painful to read in 2012. The author is clearly smitten with Amy Winehouse and barely manages to hide that. For an author of a biography, he's not neutral enough for me, but his bias is of the adorable kind. I do think that he tries to downplay the alcohol and drug abuse a tad bit too much.

He writes about Amy's life and about her musical career, always making sure that the reader doesn't forge
Wendy Denham
This tells you about the REAL Amy Winehouse. It is heartfelt and honest. It brought a tear to my eye with laughter and also with sadness. It is well worth the read.
It appears that this book was written before Amy’s tragic death at the age of 27 and then completed and published after her death, because most of the chapters seemed to be written as if she was still alive. This book was factual and to the point and went into detail in regards to her music. Her personal life was described with compassion and as a reader I couldn’t help but feel for Amy as she dealt with all her demons. I came away from the book with a greater appreciation for her music and a se ...more
Alex Rivas
This book is nothing more than copy and paste newspaper clippings of the time the events took place. It ends abruptly without a conclusion or even getting to the end of Amy's life.

Not a good source if you are looking for a well rounded biography.
This book has some good basic info about the Winehouse. It is sad that all of his conclusions (about how she would pull it together and get better) turned out to be too optimistic.

Worst artistic criticism I've ever read and his album descriptions were just like the lyrics verbatim with no interpretation of the message behind them. As if everything she wrote and sang was literal? October Song is only about her dead bird? Really? Then I guess she had sex with her bird because she talks about it in
This book is a great compilation of media information and music reviews, even some good descriptions of Amy's songs by the author but in the end, it felt like I came away only knowing the side of Amy that can be gleened from interviews and tons of news reports. There weren't that many, if any, quotes from the family that had not been previously published. So as a bio goes, it gets the facts and chronological order of things down, but it left me wanting more, which is why I will probably read her ...more
Rushay Booysen
This book is suppose to be some sort of biography of Amy Winehouse but it failed being a biography on many levels.It seems the author basically just googled some stuff on Amy and decided to title this a autobiography.The book highlights some of her internal struggles with drugs etc but its nothing we didnt read about in the tabloids.May Amy R.I.P
Meh. Not sure if the two stars is for the content/subject matter or the writing. Sorry, Amy, but you just weren't that interesting! Talented on some level, yes, and hellishly persecuted by the scum media, but something just didn't click for me.
i read this way before she even passed away.

Amy is a great soul and talented singer, i found this a very interesting read of how it all started and her addiction. Who she met along the way. By far a great read.
This book is a wonderful tribute. The author shows much sensitivity concerning addiction and her untimely death. Winehouse was truly talented and this book portrays her legend nicely.
Carol Mcleod
Excellent book about the life of Amy Winehouse, lots of good photos too.
An easy read and interesting about the sad early loss of life of a talented young girl.
Erin Tuzuner
A concise and a bit cheeky recount of the fame years, with a bit of background to make me misty for the loss of rare talent.
OK, nothing special.
Lisa Hall
Great tribute RIP Amy ...more
I think is abut her life
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Chas Newkey-Burden is a British journalist and author. His books include The Reduced History of Britain, Great Email Disasters and Not In My Name: A Compendium Of Modern Hypocrisy (co-written with Julie Burchill). He has also written unauthorised biographies of Simon Cowell, Paris Hilton, Amy Winehouse, Alexandra Burke and six official publications for Arsenal football club.

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