Mitch Winehouse is a 60 year old black cab driver from North London whose passion for jazz heavily influenced the musical direction of his daughter, Amy. He now devotes his time to raising funds for The Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity established to help young people facing difficulty in their life.
British neo-soul singer Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning, an end that added ironic emphasis to her singing her hit song "Rehab." More bitter is the line "My daddy thinks I'm fine," because it's clear, in her father's memoir of his daughter, that he knew she wasn't. The elder Winehouse, a London taxi driver and sometimes vocalist, shares this painful and personal account of his daughter's life and death. He offers a detailed account of Amy's talented, yet brief, life from her prank-loving childhood to her troubled later years. Winehouse also connects Amy's descent into hardcore drug use to her dysfunctional marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil and offers his side of the British tabloid wars he waged with his daughter's in-laws. Verdict Winehouse's account of his daughter's life unfolds into her tragic descent into substance abuse. Her accomplishments take a backseat to her addictions, and the daily ups and downs are both sad and numbing. Amy's numerous fans will appreciate the insight into her life, but as an addiction memoir it's depressing and dispiriting.-Terry Bosky, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., West Palm Beach, FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
`Can't fail to move.' The Sunday Times
`An unsparing portrait of addiction ... refreshingly free of rose-tinting.' The Times
`Mitch does a fine job of fleshing out his daughter in all contradictory glory.' Observer
`An unflinchingly honest memoir.' Independent
`The inside story of a pop tragedy ... Told with courage, clarity and warmth.' Q magazine
`A fitting tribute to her incredible story.' Now magazine
`An intimate account' Look magazine
`A tender portrait of Amy.' Camden New Journal