The Death Of Amy Winehouse

The music world suffered yet another loss when Amy Winehouse died in London from an overdose of drugs. Ironically, her song about Rehab focused on it. Death is horrible whenever it comes suddenly. It shocks you at any age and shows how fragile life is. But, did the world of music lose much at all?

Ask around. I have since her death and all find, yes, it is sad and tragic. Some misinformed beings think she belongs in the same stardom club that other rocks artists are in from sudden death: John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Buddy Holly, Judy Garland and others. Huh? Amy Winehouse, when compared to any of these icons pales in comparison when judging on real talent and contributions. Amy may have won Grammy's, but few people I talked to, which including a recording engineer for a sound studio, could not even name one song she did, let alone hum the tune. Some, while sad, indicated they would not want their own daughters emulating her in any way. Some felt she was a slut who could sing a certain type of song. Some had no idea who she was.

Obviously, her suicide, whether intentional or not, was a product of her childhood or teenage years. Something bad had happened to her causing her to turn to drugs. She was desperate for love and when the crowd gave it to her, it was clean sex, yet, if the crowd turned on her like they did in Budapest (her last concert) it devastated her. In that concert, she could not even recall the lyrics to her hit songs. Such a tragic event, even if you thought she was nothing as a performer.

Taking all emotion out of it, Amy is simply a blip on popular music history. Few people will recall her name or what she did for music 5-10 years from now. She was never going to appeal to the masses the way other icons did. She is only known from those in her niche, a certain kind of music and look. Beyond that, Amy was not much on raw talent. Comparing her to John Lennon or Kurt Cobain is insanity and refusing to see the truth. Lennon has been dead 30 years and his influence remains.The same can said of Judy Garland, who died from alcohol in the 60s. Jimi Hendrix is another.

Her death is tragic and sad, but that is it.

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swordsbane 5 years ago from Wisconsin

I had to keep from laughing when I heard a talking head on TV ask it's viewers "It is not known how she died?"

I know it's a tragedy. It's sad and all... but really.. did anyone NOT see this coming?

And meanwhile: Keith Richards goes right on living. THAT's a surprise.


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Tim Blackstone 5 years ago

I'm a bit puzzled how you know she died of a drugs overdose when nothing has been officially released about her cause of death. It may be the case but it's a bit early to make that claim as though it were fact. The post mortem has given us no cause of death as yet.

From what I have read elsewhere she was anti drugs until she became famous so I think it is probably very unfair to blame the family or her childhood. She was apparently very bright as well as very talented from an early age.

To me events suggest it was fame and the constant harassment of the media that made her so uncomfortable with the life she found herself living that she tried to hide in a bottle or a pill and it became her way of life to live in that state for much of the time.

As many established performers and stars have come out and said. Amy Winehouse was an incredibly talented singer. The sad thing is we will never know what more she was capable of.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

Many young singers seem to die from one of three causes, drug overdose, gunshot wounds, or plane crashes. It is always a shame.


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swordsbane 5 years ago from Wisconsin

Tim: I didn't say she died of a drug overdose. I said her death was expected. The cause almost always has to do with lifestyle, unless it was an accident or you were shot. You don't eat right, you die of a heart attack. You suck down booze and drugs... guess what?

You can go on believing that this was tragic and unexpected. I'll settle for tragic. The fact that Keith Richards lives on is a surprise. The fact that Amy Winehouse is dead isn't. It may not be what you want to hear, but it's true.


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.josh. 5 years ago

Certainly, Winehouse's death wasn't entirely unexpected (much like most members of the '27 Club'), but to say that she is void of 'raw talent' or doesn't deserve mentioning in the same breath as someone like Kurt Cobain tells me that you are simply a little outdated. You think these same comments didn't come subsequent to Cobain's suicide? They came pouring out, from people of an older generation who didn't understand Nirvana, and cried out about how he was a poor influence on children.

The middle to latter portion of this hub is pure speculation, absolute rubbish, and reflective of someone who did very little research prior to writing this. You say people are 'refusing to see the truth' when they utter Winehouse's name in the same sentence as Joplin, Hendrix, and Cobain, but you then demonstrate that you don't really care what the truth is. Her childhood was troubled (I should note I'm also not a big fan, but I did my research before writing on the topic), though it certainly doesn't offer a clean explanation for what happened, as you seem to imply.

Had you even listened to a Winehouse song at the time you wrote this?


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perrya 5 years ago Author

Yes, I have listened to here. To compare her to any of the legends in pop or rock music is laughable and to infer that she was their equal-in any sense of the word is mixing the tragedy and reality into one. Her stage presence was slutty, IMO, unlike Gaga, which is entertaining, unlike Madonna, which is entertaining. Her songs, while sung OK, did not ever push music to a new level, it was just rehash, as much of it is today.She nothing special musically nor unique as talent. Good , yes, but not in the same club as other music icons that will be remembered 25 yrs from now.


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swordsbane 5 years ago from Wisconsin

Josh: It's interesting that some people insist that you are un-educated in a topic for no other reason than that you disagree with them. The people who like Amy Winehouse are shocked and angry when someone implies that she was a talentless bimbo... even when that's not what is being implied. Rushing to defend someone is admirable, rushing to defend someone that isn't under attack just makes you look silly.

Comparing Winehouse to Britteny Spears isn't fair. Spears can't sing. Winehouse clearly can, but the comparison to Cobain is equally unfair. Winehouse was competent. Cobain had incredible talent for singing AND for songwriting.

And no... I don't like either Nirvana or Winehouse, but I respect good talent. Cobain and Nirvana had it. Winehouse didn't. I'm not dissing Winehouse. I'm simply critiquing her body of work. If you don't like that, then I can't help you, but that doesn't make you right.


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perrya 5 years ago Author

Swordsbane is spot on.


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.josh. 5 years ago

@Swordsbane: We can agree to disagree, and I'm fine with that. I was a fan of Nirvana, not so much of Winehouse, and if you think Winehouse was simply 'competent,' then you're welcome to your opinion. I disagree, and there are plenty in the music world who do as well.

What I took issue with was the fact that it seemed pretty clear perry hadn't done much research in writing this article, and the speculation was completely inaccurate. What I concluded was that he saw her once on MTV, or perhaps watched one of her drunken performances on Youtube, and thought he had a complete understanding of who she was as an artist.

@perrya: Rehash of who exactly?

It's unfortunate the internet's a relatively new phenomenon, as we'd otherwise find the same nonsense in response to the death of virtually any member of the '27 Club.' Again, we'll just have to agree to disagree on her level of talent.


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perrya 5 years ago Author

@Josh, yes, agree to disagree. I am certain we will find allies on both side of the fence. The only speculation was how she died. As to her talent, I said she was OK as a vocalist but there are zillions like that. To place her, just because she died tragically, in the company of REAL legends that has stood the test of time, that have also died young, is just argument for the sake of it. She was nowhere near it and ten years from now, only devout fans will recall her. Because she did die young, no one will ever know, she was early in her career.


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.josh. 5 years ago

Well, I suppose the only way to know whether she'll stand the test of time is to wait and see -- I suspect her fate's a little less gloomy than you lay it out to be (and her unreleased tracks are likely to create a stir), but there's no way to know for sure. As for her having 'OK' talent and there being zillions like that -- I'll agree that there are many artists who sound the same and create the same drivel, I just don't put Winehouse into that category (and am curious to know who's music she was 'rehashing').

Also, I should probably note that current speculation is indicating that Winehouse actually died from alcohol withdrawal, a rather far cry from 'suicide'...

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/amy-wineh...

http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/04/the-detox-am...


robert 5 years ago

Your article is pretty much shit. It is difficult find any sort of truth in this article - wherever did you find this information other than large assumptions molded within your horribly uneducated head.


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perrya 5 years ago Author

Robert , it is U that is full of shit, get real.

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