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Episode #32 | 5.14.19

Amy Winehouse: Rehab, the Muse and a Rare Talent

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Rehab, arrests, fights, hitting on Prince Harry, dramatic stage breakdowns, slagging off the press, Amy Winehouse was a rockstar’s rockstar and she was also one of the greatest musical talents of the past 20 years. Her voice was unlike any other. She modernized jazz. She gave weight to pop. When she was inspired, she was untouchable. Driven by her muse, haunted by her addictions and harassed endlessly by the paparazzi, Amy Winehouse’s story is tragic and all too familiar but her music and the way she expressed herself; entirely unique.

Extra Credit

This episode was co-written with Ellen Thibault. Editorial and writing assistance by Pat Healy.

Sources

Amy Winehouse 1983 - 2011, The Biography by Chas Newkey-Burden

Amy Winehouse The Untold Story by Chloe Govan

The Guardian: Amy Winehouse, The last days of the good-time girl who did not want fame

The Guardian: Remembering Trash, the London club night that defined the rock ‘n’ rave era

VICE: How the Cultural Heart of London Died

The Guardian: Amy Winehouse’s former husband jailed for burglary

Rolling Stone: Up All Night With Amy Winehouse

Amy: Directed by Asif Kapadia

NME: 10 Things We Learned from Heartbreaking And Revelatory New Documentary, ‘Amy’

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