Amy Winehouse – The Short-lived Jazz-Queen of the New Millennium

The times of Amy Winehouse, a grammy-award winning singer, beset by alcoholism that grew to uncontrollable proportions, causing her death at the age of 27.

How Did Winehouse Become a Member of the Club?

Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singing sensation from Camden, England, with a lovely contralto voice and blue-blooded roots to jazz. She began her meteoric musical career in 2003 and was going from strength to strength, however being constantly chased by her demons of substance abuse which she tragically succumbed to at the age of 27 in 2011, making her one of the twentieth century‘s most celebrated members of the Forever 27 Club.

Early Jazz Strains

Winehouse began her association with music quite early in life, working as a music journalist with World Entertainment Network and singing with a local group called the Bolsha Band. Amy was also singing her jazz at the Cobden Club when she was spotted by 19 Management in 2002. However, as she stepped herself in music, she also began to steep herself in the lifestyle atypical of rock’n’ roll, getting embroiled in substance abuse.

The Beginnings of Alcoholism

Winehouse’s first album, Frank, was released in 2003 and propelled her directly into the star-studded glitz of fame. While initially, she seemed to handle it well, the strain of repeated public appearances began to tell on her nerves, pushing her towards an increase in her alcoholism.

Winehouse’s second album, ‘Back to Black,’ released in 2007 and winning her five Grammys in 2008, took her from one level of success to the next. However, with the increased media and public attention and the increased strain of performances, she gave in to more and more frequent bouts of alcoholism. Matters came to a head when during the first performance of her tour in November 2007, Winehouse was allegedly booed offstage by an irate audience as she was too drunk to sing, stumbling onstage and cursing at the audience. The next performances were no better leading to the disastrous cancellation of the entire tour on reasons of ‘ill health’.

For Better and Then Worse

Winehouse attempted to deal with her alcoholism after this debacle, taking a sabbatical for the rest of the year and re-appeared before the public with a triumph in February 2008 where she won multiple Grammys and Back to Black topped the charts. The remainder of 2008 and 2009 seemed to bode well for Winehouse, and she launched into her next album on a firm footing.

2010 saw Winehouse, unfortunately, relapse into her erstwhile habits of substance abuse and alcoholism. This intensified towards the end of the year and yet again in 2011, during a performance in Dubai in February, she was forced to leave midway as she was reportedly ‘tipsy and tired’ throughout the set. Her Europe tour in June 2011 was a disaster as well with her performances having to be abandoned midway and then cancelled altogether as she was too inebriated to perform.
Final Notes

Winehouse’s alcoholism was clearly getting the better of her and coupled with an eating disorder she had developed it finally, claimed her life on the 23rd of July, 2011 when she was at the fateful age of 27. Amy Winehouse was one of the most sensational artists of the 21st century, and her budding talent was besieged by substance abuse, particularly in the form of alcoholism, cutting her talented life sadly short and entering her name in the ledgers of the Forever 27 Club.

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