Amy, My Daughter
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.
panellist has to name, Amy stood up, saying, ‘Pssssh,’ as she did so. ‘What’s the push-push?’ asked Simon Amstell. ‘I dunno. It’s my new thing,’ said Amy. Quick as a flash, Amstell retorted, ‘Is it? I thought that was crack.’ Amy didn’t take offence, just gestured towards herself. ‘Do I look like Russell Brand?’ Then, in mock-horror, she buried her head in her hands when the audience laughed. Amstell snapped back, ‘Yes!’ When she sat down again Amy took a drink of water, then turned and
plane ticket, shall I?’ She ended up going with her friends Tyler and Violetta Thalia. This worried me because I knew Tyler was drinking a lot. I couldn’t help wondering if this was part of a familiar pattern: when she’d been taking drugs, she’d surrounded herself with drug buddies and now … I didn’t know about Violetta. She’d picked a good time to get away. On 12 April, the News of the World published the story, ‘Blake Gets Junkie Pregnant’. The article said that a woman called Gileen Morris
was her way of stopping herself drinking. A few days later she was out of the hospital, but Tyler had been admitted with alcohol poisoning. Raye went to St Lucia to sort things out. As much as I wanted to go myself I couldn’t. A few months previously, I’d been approached by an independent production company, Transparent Television, about a documentary they were producing on families facing problems with addiction, which was to be shown on Channel 4. They’d wanted to know if I would be interested
At the beginning of August, Amy’s drinking was still a big problem but I needed a break. With Reg on the scene, and Amy channelling her obsessive nature into their relationship, I felt I could now devote some time to my lovely wife and to looking after myself a bit. Jane and I went on holiday to Spain. While I was away I heard lots of stories about Amy’s drunken behaviour; the press were having a field day. On 3 August a journalist contacted Raye to say he’d seen Amy drunk in Soho at ten in the
acknowledged. I had learned that was a hugely important step on the road to recovery. I was proud of her. I knew it was tough, but we were making progress, even if it was slow. After I returned, Amy went to Barbados to work with Salaam Remi for the next week. She had good and bad days with her drinking. According to her security, she was drinking, but she wasn’t getting roaring drunk and upsetting people. Unfortunately little recording got done. When she’d finished in Barbados, she flew to St