Love Is A Losing Game: 1,000 Words On Amy Winehouse.
I wrote a longer piece about Amy, who I think was a much more fascinating artist than we ever gave her credit for.
While nothing I write her will bring Amy back, I set about writing this more as an ode to not what a great artist she could have been, but what a great artist Amy truly was
. Sure, she had her setbacks, and yes, they are well documented. Many view her as nothing more than a warning to young starlets who ‘traverse the trapeze of fame’ or whatever half-thought-out adage some wanked and jaded music writer wants to throw in at the end of a snarky paragraph. But the fact is that, unlike Lohan, or Spears, or Sheen, or other people lauded for their addiction problems – Amy’s artistic output – even during the time of her own undoing
– is staggeringly good and just as relevant as it was then as it is today.
Billie Holiday had her own demons, too, although they were much less documented than Winehouses’s – and we have come to appreciate Holiday’s ouvre. It might be time to do the same for Amy Winehouse.
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