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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books (June 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062191380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062191380
  • ASIN: 0062191381
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Candid, compelling, and heartbreaking—a father's story of a talent taken too soon and a legacy that will live on for generations

On July 23, 2011, Amy Winehouse's family, friends, and fans around the world mourned the tragedy that this remarkable, talented, and extraordinarily generous young woman was now gone. A legion of dedicated fans had lost their idol; a devastated family had lost their Amy. With this difficult news came an outpouring of love and grief from her fans, along with troubling questions about Amy's very public struggles with drugs and alcohol, as people tried to understand how such a soulful singer had been silenced so young.

Now, in this intimate and tender account, her father and confidant, Mitch, offers an inside view of Amy's life as she lived it, putting to rest once and for all the controversies that have long surrounded her. Sifting fact from fiction, he pre-sents a portrait of Amy unlike any other, detailing the events and the people that shaped her youth—from her mischievous childhood to her grandmother's Jazz Age stories, to her father singing Frank Sinatra around the house. Shedding light on Amy's musical coming-of-age, Mitch explores how she honed her distinctive sound, created her unforgettable look, and channeled her own life into hits such as "You Know I'm No Good," "Rehab," and "Back to Black"—some of the most memorable and personal pop music in years.

While her beehive hair, larger-than-life voice, and outrageous personality made her famous, her life offstage made her infamous. Here Mitch holds nothing back about Amy's addiction to drugs and alcohol, mixing the painful with the poignant as he describes the realities of her dependencies and the toll they took on the family and friends who refused to give up on her. Revealing the truth about Amy's substance abuse and dispelling many of the tabloid-fueled rumors about her tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, Mitch exposes the years of behind-the-scenes drama that consumed his life and explains how, for those who knew Amy in her last months, the greatest tragedy of all was that she finally appeared to be conquering her demons.

Filled with insights into Amy Winehouse's music, photographs from her life, and stories of the real woman behind the headlines, Amy, My Daughter is an emotional journey into music, addiction, and the unbreakable bond between a daughter and her father.

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By taylor3397 on Nov. 9 2015
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As probably one of the few people on this planet who knew virtually nothing about Amy Winehouse, I think this lack of knowledge actually worked in my favor in reviewing her father's biography - as I had no view points or "baggage" to bring to this story. One can't get a closer view of this singer than thru the eyes of her father & family, but it is also a potentially distorted view, of course, precisely because of their closeness. While I am not normally drawn to this type of reading material, I nonetheless felt that it was worth reading (especially if you're a Winehouse fan).
There is WAY too much needless repetition, but it is quite obvious that this father loved his daughter tremendously. Their relationship struck me as almost being a co-dependent one itself, but there were two other main observations (which I'm sure everyone and their dog has already commented on) which jumped off the page at me:
1) The old adage - a picture is worth a thousand words - could not be better applied to a photo of Mr. Winehouse and his 24-year old (??) daughter walking arm-in-arm into some posh hotel, towards the end of this book. The caption was something like, "I always loved to be seen with Amy, & what father wouldn't be proud to have such a beautiful daughter on his arm?" Mitch's perspective on what constitutes beauty in a 24 year-old young woman was very telling. One could clearly see Amy's breast implants on a figure which probably weighed in at 85-lbs. She actually looked ill to me, and how her father could think this constituted "beauty" left me baffled.
2) The father also endlessly retells the same, vicious circle of drugs, flip-out, wracking his brain about how to help his daughter, Amy committing to rehab, then stomping out 3 days later, then PRESS REPEAT.
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I give this book 4 stars because I love Amy Winehouse and it was nice to find out more about the good and bad times. It's not always an easy book to read and there were a few times I had to put it down because I was frustrated with Amy's dad for his lack of action, however, I'm wise enough to realize that addiction is complicated and that I should never judge someone's decisions because I don't know what I would do if I were in their place. However, it was great to read about Amy's childhood, how her love of music formed and happier times and I will always be a fan of her music!
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By Heather Pryde on Nov. 30 2013
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Very interesting, well written. I felt like I was along for the ride that was her life! Would loved to have known her and I only got interested really after I read this book
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By Heather Waite on Sept. 4 2014
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It was interesting. Obviously, though it was written by a Dad who was mourning the loss of his daughter
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By Maureen Holmes on Oct. 7 2015
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Good read.
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