The nascent career of Amy Winehouse, the famous English singer-songwriter ended last month(23/7/’11). A private funeral for family and friends is being held today(26/7/’11). In an interview with The Album Chart Show on British television, Amy Winehouse(1983-2011) said she was manic depressive and not alcoholic. She added that this sounded like "an alcoholic in denial".1 In late January 2008, Winehouse reportedly entered a drug rehabilitation facility for a two-week treatment program. The singer’s father reported that doctors had warned Winehouse that, if she continued smoking crack cocaine, she would have to wear an oxygen mask and would eventually die.2 -Ron Price with thanks to 1Lara Salahi, 25 July 2011, ABC News; and 2“Singer Amy Winehouse has lung damage and irregular heartbeat says her father,” Associated Press via 22 June 2008.

Amy Winehouse is going to die young,
at least that’s what we’re expecting,
according to Salon’s James Hannahan.
It seems inevitable, given the ferocious
soul singer’s combination of youth, talent,
chutzpah, substance abuse and bad taste
in men.1 She will have lots of company in
rock-‘n’-roll heaven in the sub-section of
those with manic-depression, or what is
now called bipolar disorder. The artist who
sings the blues without living the blues is
no legend..and Winehouse is determined
to achieve that status if it kills her,1 & so
it has as she joins: Ray Charles, Janis Joplin,
Donny Hathaway, who committed suicide at 33,
Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Doherty(not yet),
Johnny O’Keefe & other immortals in that celestial
imperium, that hole, where we all go and sing
no more nor communicate our soul’s dark night.
1 Gillian Reagan, “Amy Winehouse: The Next Tragic Talent?” New York The Observer, 14 December 2007.

Ron Price
26 July 2011