Amy Winehouse was only 27 years old when she passed away on July 23, 2011. The north London girl with a raw voice and an irresistible personality is remembered in our days around the world.

Vinylradar wants to pay tribute to Amy with books, videos, lost tracks and documentaries about her because the legend lives on.

Amy Winehouse by Blake Wood

BOOK
Taschen
Availability: August 2018

When 22-year-old American photographer Blake Wood moved to London in 2007, a mutual friend introduced him to Amy Winehouse. After winning five Grammy Awards for her 2006 album Back to Black, the celebrated singer with the sultry and emotionally raw voice was at the height of her celebrity, but struggling with her wayward partner and the scrutiny of constant media attention. Bonding personally and creatively, Wood and Winehouse developed a close friendship and would become inseparable for the next two years.

From images of Winehouse performing in Paris to playing drums at her home studio in Camden Town, London, from lovingly composed portraits of her at ease on St. Lucia to carefree vamping for the camera, this book is an intimate visual diary of the soul diva at a time when she was one of the most celebrated voices on earth.

The story of this profound emotional collaboration is told through the lens of her confidant, in 85 color and black-and-white photographs, most of them never published before, that reveal their mutual love, trust, and respect. With text by acclaimed pop culture critic Nancy Jo Sales, discover a rare and lighter side of this much-missed icon, totally at ease in front of her friend’s camera; a typical young London girl enjoying life to the fullest.

– The ‘lost’ Amy track recorded the day before 9/11

A previously unsurfaced Amy Winehouse demo, recorded the day before 9/11 when the singer was just 17, had appeared online. The track — titled My Own Way — was one of many sent to record labels while starting out in the industry.

The majority of Winehouse’s unfinished demos were destroyed following her death in 2011 to prevent posthumous releases. However, Camden-based musician Gil Cang — who wrote the track with James McMillan — kept the newly released recording, deciding to upload the song onto YouTube.

– Her final interview

Winehouse final interview was with The Telegraph during a recording session with her idol, Tony Bennett.

“I’m not a natural born performer. I’m a natural singer, but I’m quite shy, really,” she said.

“You know what it’s like? I don’t mean to be sentimental or soppy but its a little bit like being in love, when you can’t eat, you’re restless, it’s like that. But then the minute you go on stage, everything’s OK. The minute you start singing.”

AMY

Documentary

AMY, the documentary about late singer Amy Winehouse, had won the Oscar for best documentary. Director Asif Kapadia said, “This film’s all about Amy showing who she really was: Funny, intelligent, witty. We just wanted to make a film to show what she really was.” In the U.K. It won the Producers Guild Award for top documentary in 2016 too.

The films centers on Winehouse’s life and her struggle with substance abuse problems, which led to her premature death in 2011 at the age of 27.

The film starts with a 1998 home movie of Winehouse at the age of 14 singing at a birthday party. She broke out via her debut album Frank in 2003, and gained major success with her second and final album Back to Black in 2006.

Kapadia conducted more than 100 interviews for the film, which is touted as “the singer in her own words,” and includis unheard tracks that Winehouse had recorded.

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