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Amy Winehouse

  • English musician
  • Born September 13, 1984
  • Died July 23, 2011

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul), rhythm and blues, and jazz. Winehouse's debut album, Frank (2003), was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black (2006), led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British woman to win five Grammys, including three of the General Field "Big Four" Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.


I read a lot when I'm travelling and always have a couple of books on the go.




I made an album I'm very proud of, and that's about it.




Some people reckoned that I looked healthier when I was bigger but I had terrible skin and no energy.




I've had everything pierced at some point.




I was hit by a car once on my bike, but I still rode home.




I always wrote poetry and stuff like that, so putting songs together wasn't that spectacular.




I'm not an idiot.




I've always been a little homemaker.




I was gutted to leave my boyfriend at home when I started my tour, but taking my pillow was like taking a little bit of him with me.




I'm a lucky girl.




I don't think I'm such an amazing person who needs to be written about.




I'm ugly.




I write songs about stuff that I can't really get past personally - and then I write a song about it and I feel better.




My justification is that most people my age spend a lot of time thinking about what they're going to do for the next five or ten years. The time they spend thinking about their life, I just spend drinking.




Some men do think I'm a psycho bunny-boiler.




I'm happiest with my family around me.




I don't regret anything.




Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.




I really thought I was on the way out. My husband Blake saved my life. Often I don't know what I do, then the next day the memory returns. And then I am engulfed in shame.




I like pin-up girls. I'm more of a boy than a girl. I'm not a lesbian, though - not before a sambuca anyway.




I don't listen to a lot of new stuff. I just like the old stuff. It's all quite dramatic and atmospheric. You'd have an entire story in song. I never listen to, like, white music - I couldn't sing you a Zeppelin or Floyd song.




When you're around kids you can be a little kid yourself and pretend that life is magic and you don't have to be one of those sweaty people going to work every day.




Girls talk to each other like men talk to each other. But girls have an eye for detail.




I didn't think it was special to be able to sing.




I can be a cruel person.




Here in England, everyone's a pop star, innit, whereas in America they believe in the term artist.




I just dress like... I'm an old black man. Sorry! Like I'm an old Jewish black man. I just dress like it's still the '50s.




Now I think that going to the gym is the best drug. I go four times a week and it gives me the buzz I need.




I do suffer from depression, I suppose. Which isn't that unusual. You know, a lot of people do.




If you play an instrument, it makes you a better singer. The more you play, the better you sing, the more you sing, the better you play.




I'm of the school of thought where, if you can't sort something out for yourself, no one can help you. Rehab is great for some people but not others.




I want at least five kids. I want twins.




If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.




I'm of the school of thought where if you can't sort something out for yourself then no one can help you.




I'm much healthier now.




I don't think your ability to fight has anything to do with how big you are. It's to do with how much anger is in you.



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