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Amy Winehouse: The Biography [Hardcover]

Chas Newkey-Burden
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7 April 2008
Amy Winehouse is the most talked about singer-songwriter of her generation. Her soulful voice has won her critical acclaim, scores of awards and fans from all walks of life, while her turbulent and decadent lifestyle has made her an irresistible target for the popular press. But who is the real Amy Winehouse? This fascinating biography traces her story from her childhood in North London, through to her eventful time at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. It follows her as she takes early steps to fame under the management of Pop Idol guru Simon Fuller and then signs her first deal with Island Records. Her bestselling second album Back To Black has earned her nominations for Grammys, earning Amy growing international acclaim. With original interviews and revealing anecdotes included along the way, Amy Winehouse: The Biography tells the gripping behind the scenes story of this living legend, right up to 2008, when her husband Blake Fielder-Civil faced trial. Chas Newkey-Burden is the first biographer to chart the rise of this extraordinary performer and wild, rebellious character. His compelling portrait is an exclusive look at the life of the country's greatest living singer. She told us she was trouble, but we know that she's so good.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844545636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844545636
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chas Newkey-Burden is the author of Paris Hilton: Life on the Edge, The Reduced History Of Britain and Great Email Disasters. He is the co-author - with Julie Burchill - of Not In My Name: A Compendium Of Modern Hypocrisy. He has interviewed and profiled a host of celebrities including Rachel Stevens, David Beckham, Ricky Gervais, Jenna Jameson and McFly. His writing has appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, Time Out, Attitude, and the Times.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a very talented singer/musician RIP. 5 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A well written and very informative book charting the life of Amy Winehouse.
She showed her talent from an early age, what a voice, musician and song writer too.
Amy showed the world the talents she had with her 2 albums, Frank and Back to Black, which received much acclaim.
She was compared to the likes of Billie Holliday and Sara Vaughan also Ella Fitzgerald.
It was such a shame that someone with her talents hit the self destruct button and went down the path of drugs and booze.
Her relationship with Blake Fielder- Civil, was her downfall in my opinion, it seems it was thru him she was introduced to the world of hard, really addictive drugs which got a hold on her.
We will never know what more she could of achieved in the music scene to top the worldwide acclaim and the 5 Grammies she had all ready received.
What a tragic, tragic waste of life of someone so talented, she could have gone on to be a really big singing sensation!
At least she left a legacy of her 2 much acclaimed albums and millions of fans of her music worldwide.
She must be remembered for her talent not the stories of her mixed up personal life that seemed to make the news worldwide on a regular basis.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 9 May 2009
By Lucy B
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. It's insightful, easy to read and has some nice photos (which of course are the first thing anyone looks at when purchasing a book, or is that just me?)

A must for any Amy fans. Especially the positivity and sense that she's going to be ok.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Amy Winehouse fans 21 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is an easy-to-read biog of one of the real pop legends of our time. Winehouse has clearly been through an awful lot in her young life, something which is captured sensitively and honestly by the author, rather than deriding her, as is the media's usual way of dealing with Amy 'news'. A must read for any Amy Winehouse fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy journalism at it's best 2 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a lazy review of Amy Winehouse articles from British and American magazines and radio shows. Any Google sarch for Amy Winehouse gig or album review would come up with this book. And for space filler, there are lists. Paragraphs dedicated to 'who else won' an award, 'who else' played a particular book, etc.
Most importantly, this book gives you no insight into Amy's world.
Overall, this was a dull read, uninformative and lazy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sad but true 2 Feb 2014
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One mixed up young lady with massive talent,shame sure there was a lot of great music to come,waste of a life
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This is a very well paced, insightful and above-all fair look at a talented but tortured singer.

Despite the fact that dying young dramatically increases your fame this biography proves that Amy was a genuine star long before her demise. Reading this biography gave me the confidence to believe the hype surrounding her talent is actually deserved and not because she achieved 'legend status' by merely dying young.

Some may argue the portrayal of Amy is written with rose tinted spectacles! But for me it just gave me the side of the story the mainstream media tended to avoid.

My only suggestion is that another chapter be written which explains the circumstances surrounding her death and the singer's legacy. I wouldn't like to see the entire book re written as I enjoyed reading what people thought of her before her death.

All in all this is a great book at a great price and is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Aug 2013
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Excellent, particular references to Amy's people who influenced her musical style and lyrics. Expert interpretaion of the lyrics and musical contexts.
Only bad thing was it did not include the prelude to her death. such a sad,sad waste of an unbelievable talent. I found listening to the tracks helped realise the lyrical and musical content - thanks to the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SORRY 11 Jun 2013
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SORRY BUT I DIDN'T THINK MUCH OF THIS BOOK, IT WAS MORE ABOUT HER CAREER AND NOT SO MUCH ABOUT HER LIFE, I DID STICK WITH IT TO THE END, BUT CAN'T SAY IT WAS EXCITING READING,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of quotes not substance.
This is a nice easy read. Quotes from papers to news reports all nicely presented in referenced fashion. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J Smurf
5.0 out of 5 stars AMY WINEHOUSE
This is a lovely insight to a remarkable talented under estimated, misunderstood young woman
Who is a loss to the world. Hope she is resting in peace.
Published 11 months ago by John Berrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Amy amy
Poor amy what wast of a live a very good read sad to hear about. Her wanting children if only she new the out come God bless you
Published 12 months ago by Sue thwaites
5.0 out of 5 stars Glen
Very good read very sad some parts off the book would recommend this book is worth buying going to buy another book
Published 13 months ago by glenda hughes
1.0 out of 5 stars truly awful
Truly awful, not even worth the small price paid. I had to put it down through shere cringe-worthiness. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Beepy
3.0 out of 5 stars Amy's struggles
I really enjoyed reading about Amy's life. She had such a brilliant talent, what a waste. Some parts of the book I found boring and irrelevant. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JollyG
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
Culled from media clippings
Anyone can copy and paste
Crapola don't but it download it as its out of date
Amy died and nothing could have prevented that
Published 15 months ago by A Gibson
3.0 out of 5 stars Amy Winehouse: The Biography
very average - not exactly a gripping read by any stretch of the imagination. I loved Amy's music and she's a legend but his book was quite boring.
Published 15 months ago by Diane E ANderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting & informative Biography
One of the better biography`s I have read, interesting and informative and well presented.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what Amy was about.
Published 16 months ago by Tony
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