Amy, My Daughter

Amy, My Daughter

by Mitch Winehouse


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The intimate, inside story of the ultimately tragic life of multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse (“Rehab,” “Back to Black”)  is told by the one person most able to tell it—Amy’s closest advisor, her inspiration, and best friend: her father, Mitch. Amy, My Daughter includes exclusive, never-before-seen photos and paints an open and honest portrait of one of the greatest musical talents of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062191427
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 457,897
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mitch Winehouse is the father of Amy Winehouse and a lifelong resident of London who worked for many years as a taxi driver. The founder of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Mitch is also a jazz vocalist whose most recent album is titled Rush of Love.

Table of Contents

Before We Start ix

Thanks, and a Note xi

Prologue xiii

1 Along Came Amy 1

2 Taking to the Stage 12

3 'Wenn' She Fell in Love 28

4 Frank-Giving a Damn 37

5 A Pain in Spain 53

6 Fade to Black 63

7 'Ronnie Spector Meets the Bride of Frankenstein' 78

8 Attack and the 'Paps' 84

9 Hooked 102

10 A Broken Record 113

11 Birmingham 2007 122

12 Again, She's Fine, Thanks for Asking' 135

13 Press, Lies, and a Videotape 148

14 Drugs-The Rocky Road to Recovery 165

15 Class-A Mug Still Taking Drugs 185

16 'It Ain't Bloody Funny' 208

17 Beached 220

18 I"ll Cry if I Want To' 237

19 'Body and Soul' 257

20 'Give Me a Cuddle, Dad' 278

21 Farewell, Camden Town 282

Epilogue 289

A Note on the Amy Winehouse Foundation 297

Credits 303

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Amy, My Daughter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Data314 More than 1 year ago
This is supposed to be a review of the book (anonymous and Maggiepoo), not a place for you to air your own personal opinions about people who have had issues with addictions. I myself, as a recovering addict, gained much respect for Mitch Winehouse through the story he told and the manner in which he told it. For those who would suggest that people who stuggle with addictions simply need to "wake up, and realize the heartaches they cause their families" I would recommend that you actually read the book before commenting. Amy's story is a compelling story, told by someone who obviously cared for her very much. She was an incredible talent and her loss was very tragic in many ways. This book seeks to turn her loss into something positive. Mitch Winehouse is not making any money from this book, all proceeds go the the Amy Winehouse Foundation which was established to ". . . support or care for young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, ¿nancial disadvantage or addiction." In other words, so that people can be helped to "wake up, and realize the heartaches they cause their families". I would recommend this book for anyone who has ever dealt with addiction, or who has had a friend or family member dealing with addiction, or who was simply a fan of Amy's music.
STLMama More than 1 year ago
People write for all sorts of reasons...Mitch obviously loved his daughter and this is his closure. Though Amy had her problems, she had an undeniable talent and touched the lives of many worldwide. I want to believe that I am the world's biggest Amy Winehouse fan (though I am sure that there are thousands that think the same) and this book allows to me have a bit more of her. Thank you Mitch for writing it and I will continue to encourage others to get to know the Amy I know and love and support her foundation. Through the good, bad and ugly, she will always have a special place in my heart.
stefanfoster More than 1 year ago
Best portrayal of someone's life I have ever read. Made you feel as if you were with her through her whole life. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a brilliant book. This story makes you look at Amy in a whole new light. I feel as though throughout her life many people had such a negative view on her due to the media only portraying the negatives. In this book Mitch Winehouse opens the door into Amy's life, it's very well written almost as if you're right there with Amy every step of the way as she goes through the ups and downs of her life. Mitch did an outstanding job portraying the story of Amy's life, you see the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book can have you laughing, and then it can have you in tears. I am a huge Amy Winehouse fan she had a massive amount of talent which undoubtedly touched the lives of people all around the world. It's just a shame that her life was cut so short she had so much more potential, but I am sure that the legacy of this young woman will live on for many years too come. A positive of buying this book is that the proceeds go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, so not only are you getting to read a great book but you're also helping a great cause. This book can be recommended to anyone, those who have struggled with addiction, those who have friends or family who have struggled with addiction, or those who had a love for this bright, talented woman and her music.
Amomosn More than 1 year ago
It was very informative and interesting
_monkey More than 1 year ago
Bravo Mitch, you've done an excellent job at keeping account of Amy's Life; I can clearly see you loved Amy with you heart and soul. I have to be honest I was exhausted reading about how you constantly ran to her side so that she would never feel that she was battling her addictions alone. You tried with all your might to save her but you also let her make her own decisions, praying she would learn from her mistakes. I feel as if I know her. I too struggle with alcohol, however mine is a personal battle that I choose to keep private. Amy however had the guts to fight it publicly, she lost the battle in the end, but the Amy Winehouse Foundation is the result of her struggle. Thank you Mr Winehouse for sharing your precious daughter with her fans, she had a very rare gift that I have not witnessed in any other artist of her generation, love her. R.I.P Amy.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book describes the pain and suffering a parent that has a child with addiction goes through. It not only covers the bad times, but also the good. Very heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave up after 26 pages. Maybe it gets really good on page 27, but what I read was a shapeless, unconnected series of memories, not a unified narrative with a purpose and clear meaning for the reader (not just for the writer).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is a must read! this book is about absolute love and the hell from addiction. winehouse puts it all on the table, for everyone to take a good long look, breath in the hell, and understand the truth about addiction. I could have written a close copy of winehouse's story, from pot, to years and years of crack, to the illness of alcoholism. trying to save a love one to the degree of, all but dying yourself. The feelings of despair, crossing over to hope, to finally understanding that the addict will not stop, can not stop, even if it is going to kill them, cause deseased organs, and so forth! Addiction is hell on everyone that loves the addict. I am glad Mr Winehouse survived, and sorry his daughter died. The love is so obvious! This book is also healing, a wake up call, educational and story about a wonderful singer and her father! This book, makes me love their entire family. I relate to the suffering. I relate to it all! My love one has lived, but now has sick organs! I hate addiction!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an incredibly loving and present parent. He brings unique perspective to this bio. I was moved and I will think of Amy Winehouse not only as an addict. He sets the hard story straight about this remarkable, funny, talented, artistic young woman who could not be summed up by the one word "addict." Thanks to Mitch! I am so sorry we missed what was to come in Amy's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mitch gave us a rare glimpse into how life was for Amy and for himself. He watched his daughter fight for her life and him by her side never losing faith. Everyone thought they knew her from the papers and songs but Mitch clears everything up in this book. My condolences to him and the family. I miss Amy alot and this book made me feel closer to her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks you for sharing ur daughters life with use i love here she did here own thing in life and didnt care what people thought of her she had an amazing and rare gift that i love she did what she loved and she inspered me in alot of ways. Thank you amy R.I.P.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
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Great book. Glad i bought it. RIP Amy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!! Realy enjoyed!
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Such an amazing book <3
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One of the best books I have read. Everyone can relate to this on one level or another.
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It feels like he's more picking her bones than anything else
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
What a brilliant book and a most heart wrenching and poignant true story of Amy Winehouse, its a tribute to an amazing girl who had a short lived life, how she made a impact on every facet of her life from music to people contact and how she still lives on in her music, you only have to listen to her music to feel the power, love, depth and sadness but this book allows the reader to experience her highs and lows and know the real Amy.