Amy Winehouse: A Soulful Legacy Research Paper by SBurtis

Amy Winehouse: A Soulful Legacy
A discussion on the career and premature death of Amy Winehouse.
# 154092 | 1,033 words | 2 sources | 2014 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2015 in Music Studies (Contemporary) , Music Studies (Blues, Jazz) , Music Studies (General)

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This paper discusses the life and career of Amy Winehouse. It focuses on her death, false legacy of drugs, alcohol, and controversy, and returns to her true legacy as a musical genius.

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"In July 2011, Amy Winehouse joined the ranks of several other famous people whose lives were cut short for one reason or another at the tender age of 27. Having died in a similar fashion as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, Winehouse's death led to much speulation and controversy, overshadowing her true genius and legacy. The public failed in recognizing the tragedy of her death and her worth as a songstress right away. However, posthumous recognition would soon make her a legend in the United Kingdom and around the world.
Amy Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983 in North London. She had an older brother and her family was of middle-class status. Though her parents separated when she was nine years old, Winehouse had a good upbringing with both parents involved in her life and encouraging her love of music, as well as her talent. Her parents influenced her affinity for jazz; her father often sang Frank Sinatra songs to her. Amy spent a large part of her childhood attending schools for theater, music, and dance, further setting her on the path to fame (O'Shea, 2012).
Before becoming the soulful, eclectic songbird the world has come to adore, Amy started a short-lived rap group called Sweet N Sour. By the time she was 14, she had begun playing her brother's guitar and was writing her own music the following year. Amy quickly became a local favorite, singing in small groups and being featured a feat8red singer at some events. Her close friend, Tyler James, shared her demo with the head of A&R at a record management company, and from there, her legendary career began (O'Shea)."

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