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Amy Winehouse: The Biography Paperback – 6 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Rev Upd edition (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844547213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844547210
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,002,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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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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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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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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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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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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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. I wanted to know about the real Amy and felt that the writer veered away from this at times. I'm hoping there's a book about her 'real' life, possible by her father, I'd certainly buy that.
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent from start to finish. A brilliant alternative insight into the life of the most talked about pop star of recent time. Great analytical observations balanced with humourous stories. A must have for fans and cynics alike.
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I'm not a massive Amy Winehouse fan but I got this book for a plane ride because I am familiar with the author's writing (loved his Great Email Disasters) and yes I appreciated his humourous take. Chas is certainly passionate about Amy's talent yet detached enough to be honest and revealing about her life, and yes he's teasing at times but it's in a big brother kind of way and harmless. Who could write about her crazy adventures without a few funny asides? It is done with much fondness so I'd say it adds a nice touch to the book. I'd also say this is a fun book more than an analysis of her music, the anecdotes and dramas were interesting but muso types might have wanted some more about how tracks were laid down etc but it all depends what you're after because really it's not that kind of book except in a couple of parts. If you want the personal side of her life and the adventures, this book gives you those in a funny way. It was perfect for me for what it was, a holiday read.
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