Amy Winehouse Stories

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Amy Winehouse doing what she did best. Photo by Yui Mok/PA Amy Winehouse doing what she did best. Photo by Yui Mok/PA

The death of singer Amy Winehouse in 2011, at the tragically young age of twenty-seven, was big news. I remember hearing about it and being shocked, and having a friend tell me about the โ€œ27 Clubโ€ to which Winehouse had the dubious honor of gaining entry. The name refers to the fact that many hugely talented musiciansโ€”including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobainโ€”also died at twenty-seven, an age at which many people are just getting their careers off the ground.

Four years later, Winehouse is having a cultural moment. A documentary about her life, simply called Amy, is on wide release and has been getting a lot of press. Meanwhile, an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portraitopens an intimate album on Winehouse, allowing us to viewโ€ฆ

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