The death of Amy Winehouse on Saturday wasn’t entirely unexpected but was still very shocking. At 27, the musical genius still had a lot to give the world.
Amy only gave us two albums but that was enough to cement her into music history. She will join the likes of Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain (both also died at 27) who left us far too soon.
Camden in North London became Amy’s home. For me, I always associated Amy with Camden and vice versa. She embodied the quirkiness and style of Camden. On visiting the famous market on Sunday it the legacy of Amy was already apparent. Shops and stalls played her songs whilst selling pop art prints of the singer.
Her well documented troubles with drink and drugs will always be part of the story of Amy Winehouse. Stories of blame and regret have been banded about but I feel now is not the time for that. Addiction is a disease and it is one of many diseases that needs a lot more research to enable us to understand it.
We will remember Amy as a troubled but amazingly talented person. For decades to come her sultry tones will be applauded and admired. We have to thank Amy Winehouse for sharing her talent with us. Rest in peace Amy