The Death of a True Musician: Amy Winehouse Dies Aged 27
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Regardless of her label, her death on Saturday, July 23 2011, surprised few, but saddened many. Worldwide, Amy Winehouse was considered a genius in the world of music, yet her untimely death, despite its predictability, was still a great shock to the music world. At just the young age of 27, Winehouse was found dead at approximately 3:45pm at her Camden home in London. Winehouse had joined the epitomic ‘27 Club’ also known as Forever 21, a club signifying the deaths of musicians and well-known artists who died at the age of 27. Members include, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin. The common link between all members was not only were they musicians affected by drugs and/or alcohol, but the fact that their young lives were taken far too soon.Winehouse, who reportedly started to become involved with drugs and alcohol at the age of 21, seemed unable to save herself, despite desperate pleas and ongoing attempts to help her by her close family and friends. Her reportedly four stints in rehab, all known to be mainly unsuccessful will now always beg the question: Could Amy Winehouse have been saved? Or was it too late for the singer? Her success began with her debut album, ‘FRANK’ released in 2003. The album was critically acclaimed, with many critics impressed by WInehouse’s young age and her clear adoration for jazz music. Her music enabled jazz to be appreciated by the young and Winehouse made the genre of jazz effortlessly cool and modern. ‘FRANK’ was nominated for the album of the year at the Mercury Music Prize; whilst Winehouse later went on to win the widely-respected Ivor Novello song-writing award for best contemporary song, ‘Stronger than Me.’ However, it was WInehouse’s second studio album, ‘Back to Black’ that propelled her into stardom, and regrettably enabled her downfall through drugs and alcohol addiction. Released in 2006, her second album pushed her into the public eye at a fast rate, yet as her popularity grew, her health greatly deteriorated. It seemed the pressure of stardom and celebrity had caused Winehouse to spiral out of control mainly through addiction and self-harm. Her single, ‘Rehab’ which went to number one in 2007, chronicled her substance abuse issues and her refusal to receive help or treatment, despite desperate pleas from family and close friends.
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