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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843588145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843588146
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chas Newkey-Burden is a celebrity biographer whose works include "Justin Bieber: The Unauthorized Biography," "Michael Jackson: Legend," "Paris""Hilton: Life on the Edge," and "Stephenie Meyer: Queen of Twilight."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JB on 15 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
Starting at the beginning - this is one of those maddening biographies that start with the end of the story. The first chapter covers Amy's death but not the medical reasons behind it. I wanted to get to that chapter in the end, after I'd read the rest of her story, but this is a messy, jumbled book with little real fact or continuity involeved.

This was released soon after Amy's death, evidently to cash in, the way Freddie Mercury biographies spilled out after his death. It's obvious that the author is a fan of Amy's, but he writes like a childish, teenage fan, where Amy can do no wrong, where her binges and fights with Blake are simply evidence of a good night out, where other artistes who criticise her descent are just jealous.

This book was obviously not researched further than watching her on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. I saw that episode and it was a car-crash - even host Simon Amstell stopped making jokes and urged Amy to get help as she slurred her way through the show. Yet this author says it was just Amy showing her 'obvious wit' and that other artistes just wanted to be as funny as she was. Sorry, mate, but she WASN'T funny. She was Sid Vicious reincarnated, only female, and she made horrifying viewing But this author constantly bigs up Amy's drunken, drug-addicted behaviour as if it was all just a laff and everyone else was just jealous of her - so there!

Covering Amy and Blake's story, it's obvious that this author only saw the stories in the Daily Mirror and rehashed them. Blake's quote about introducing Amy to hard drugs is much further into the book, when surely it should have been nearer the start of their story? We're told that Amy turned to drink and drugs after her first album, but not WHY.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christine D. Swann on 9 Jan 2012
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My daughter had known Amy since schooldays and I bought this little book shortly after her tragically early death. I found it a bit trite - I also felt the research could have been taken from newspaper articles published over the past few years. Nothing new, a dissection of her albums with a bit of journalism thrown in for good? measure. This book didn't even come near to talking about the sweet, friendly, loveable and hugely talented girl who was Amy Winehouse.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daicile on 26 Aug 2011
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I am a huge fan of Amy Winehouse and love reading biographies. I thought that Amys biography would be an interesting read. Unfortunately although Amy had a colourful life this biography does not reflect it in any way at all. I was hoping the author would go into depth about her life , how did she meet blake? past loves, who was this ex who inspired Frank. What made Amy tick. Instead the author is more interested in giving the reader a long and unneccessary deconstruction of Amys songs, regurgitates countless reviews of her albums from the press. What I found frustrating was the author would write about tv appearances and start going into detail about the host of these shows and at one point gives media reviews of the shows and their hosts pointless! There is nothing new I learned from this biogrphy. Save your money and just google Amy Winehouse you would find the same info online for free. In fact I think thats how the author has written this book himself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Perry on 27 Jan 2012
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Thought this was goona be a good read.....wrong...ok for first couple of chapters, but way to many quotes from newspapers/mags/media etc. I just ended up skipping these parts, which by the way was about half the book, the author did,nt have much to write!!!..find another biography bout Amy...this one wasn,t worth the £1.99
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pat.b on 25 Jun 2012
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This is more about critics reviews than Amy herself, in my view the Title of the book is very misleading.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ScotchEgg on 8 Aug 2011
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It was the original biography of Amy that got me into her music and I began following her life and then of course it was terrible to see how it all went wrong and those last performances, hard times and tragic end. I got the updated version (the one with a dark cover and 1983 - 2001 on it) and cried over the new chapters as I was already emotional. It is the same book as the original but with new chapters and photos. Odd even reading it reminded me of when I read the first book and getting into her music. What a beautiful soul, RIP Amy xxxxxxx
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Didee on 20 July 2012
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This is by far the worst book I have ever read, the author is extremely lazy and barely writes any of it himself it is just stolen from reviews and the title "the biography" is an utter lie, he doesn't write anything himself (maybe just his name) and it is just a cash in on Amy's death. If you are a fan of Amy's I urge you not to buy this utter rubbish.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JoolyWooly69 on 21 Aug 2011
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I purchased this book just after Amy had sadly passed away and just before I went on holiday, planning to read it while I was away. I did read the book but it was a slightly frustrating read in that it seemed to be mainly a concoction of what a lot of other sources thought and said about the singer rather than a true biograpy. It did touch on some of the sad and uncomfortably intriguing facts about Amy's life, as an young artist and as she progressed through her relationship with her boyfriend to taking drugs and the downward spiral. What I was really looking for was something that gave me the inside story and provided an explanation to some of the bizarre behaviour and events of Amy's sad and troubled life whilst focusing on some of the achievements and details about what she was as a person. Unfortunately, although I did get throught the book, I was not greatly impressed. If you want a book to provide you with a scant overview of the life and music of Amy Winehouse, then this is it. Perhaps the most helpful part was when the author gave information about each of the songs on the two albums that Amy has released to date, giving the reader some insight into what Amy was thinking about when she wrote them.
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