Amy Winehouse

Author: Chas Newkey-Burden

Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781843588146

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 230

View: 6499


Amy Winehouse's recent death has made the news the world over, and despite her much publicised battle with drink and drugs her passing has left the music world in a true state of shock. At just 27 years of age she sadly joins a list of greats who have died before their time, including Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison. As fans gathered outside her Camden house to pay tribute to the singer her iconic music soared back to the top of the charts not only in the UK but in the USA and around the world. Never far from the headlines, stories about her tumultuous personal life, wild parties and controversial drug abuse regularly featured in the press. But 2011 was supposed to be her comeback year and she looked to be on her way when she appeared alongside her God daughter Dionne Bromfield at The Roundhouse. An award-winning singer, Amy Winehouse, had won a host of accolades including two prestigious Ivor Novellos, and an outstanding 5 Grammys in 2008. Blending different music styles including jazz, pop and soul Amy had an army of fans committed to her unique approach to life.

Amy Winehouse 1983 - 2011

Author: N.A

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1843588153

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 330

View: 8991


Amy Winehouse's recent death has made the news the world over, and despite her much publicised battle with drink and drugs her passing has left the music world in a state of true shock. At just 27 years of age she sadly joins a list of greats that died before their time, including Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison. As fans gathered outside her Camden house at the weekend to pay tribute to the singer her icon music soared to the top of the charts not only in the UK but the USA and around the world. Never far from the headlines, stories about her tumultuous personal life, wild parties and controversial drug abuse regularly featured in the newspapers. But 2011 was supposed to be the comeback for the troubled singer and she looked to be on her way last Wednesday when she appeared alongside her God daughter Dionne Bromfield. An award-winning singer, Amy Winehouse, had won a host of accolades including two prestigious Ivor Novellos, and an outstanding 5 Grammys in 2008. Blending different music styles including jazz, pop and soul Amy had an army of fans committed to her unique approach to life. This remarkably well-researched biography traces the turbulent life of the tattooed wonder from her childhood pranks, through stage school and early music to the global legend she will be remembered as.

Adele

Author: Chas Newkey-Burden

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1468313398

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 167

View: 8127


After years of rumors, Adele’s long-awaited third album 25 was finally announced in late 2015, and with it came claims that she was to single-handedly “save the music industry.” Such is the influence of Adele—a young mother from north London with the most powerful voice in the world. Adele’s breathtaking songs have seen her top the charts in over 30 countries, collect millions of admirers, and win dozens of top awards. But who is she? Her commendable desire to protect her family and friends from the harsh glare of the media’s spotlight has meant that she has become one of the most private superstars on the planet. Adele: The Biography traces her story from a humble childhood in London through to the phenomenal success of her first two albums, 19 and 21, and the making of her most recent work, 25. Along the way, this unique book uncovers how her troubled private life influenced her heartbreaking tracks and how she overcame a string of obstacles that threatened to derail her career. You will discover the fascinating truth behind all the highs and the lows experienced by this fun, formidable woman, whose songs have become national anthems for the heartbroken. In this fully updated edition of his internationally-bestselling biography, Chas Newkey-Burden reveals the woman behind the music.

Amy Winehouse: R&B, Jazz, & Soul Musician

Author: David Aretha

Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company

ISBN: 1614801762

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 114

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This informative title highlights the life of Amy Winehouse. Readers will learn about Winehouse's music-filled childhood in Southgate, a North London suburb. Winehouse's early musical work is discussed, from her beginnings in the childhood duet Sweet n Sour to her job as a reporter for World Entertainment News Network to the beginning of her musical success with when she signed with EMI. Winehouse's albums Frank and Back to Black are introduced, as is her hit Rehab. Winehouse's courtship with Blake Fielder-Civil is included, as is their tumultuous marriage and eventual divorce. Winehouse's self-abusing behavior such as drug and alcohol addiction, self-mutilation, and eating disorders is included, leading to her death by alcohol poisoning at age 27. This book includes details of Winehouse's life and covers the controversies surrounding her life and death. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Abbreviated Lives Tragic Tales of Artists Scientists and Writers

Author: Debananda Singh Ningthoujam

Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 234

View: 8746


Abbreviated Lives profiles the life stories of artists, scientists & writers whose creative odysseys have been cut short by circumstances: penury, lack of recognition, mental breakdown, dictatorship and war etc. It also portrays the Matilda effect: how some women’s contributions have been ‘stolen’ by male colleagues, supervisors or husbands. However tragic the conditions in which they might have worked, all the characters in this book took passionate creative journeys till the final exit. From them, we may reaffirm that the journey matters more than the destination; one can rise to great heights in life given grit, commitment and hard work. These tragic stories also teach us that the efflorescence of artistic and scientific creativity needs democracy and freedom of thought; it may be cruelly stifled, if not completely destroyed, by unscrupulous dictators and authoritarian rulers. These tales not only can inspire the readers to carry forward their own journeys; moreover, they may ignite us to promote institutional, cultural and social factors that would help nurture the full blossoming of creative lives so that the society may fully ‘harvest’ their artistic, literary and scientific contributions. Sincere creative journeys, the lonely expeditions of pioneers would never go in vain; someday, kindred spirits would retrace the paths blazed by the forerunners.

The Routledge Companion to Cinema & Gender

Author: Kristin Lené Hole,Dijana Jelača,E. Ann Kaplan,Patrice Petro

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317408047

Category: Social Science

Page: 492

View: 6158


Comprised of 43 innovative contributions, this companion is both an overview of, and intervention into the field of cinema and gender. The essays included here address a variety of geographical contexts, from an analysis of cinema. Islam and women and television under Eastern European socialism, to female audience reception in Nigeria, to changing class and race norms in Bollywood dance sequences. A special focus is on women directors in a global context that includes films and filmmakers from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America. The collection also offers a solid overview of feminist contributions to thinking on genre from the "chick flick" to the action or Western film, to film noir and the slasher. Readers will find contributions on a variety of approaches to spectatorship, reception studies and fandom, as well as transnational approaches to star studies and essays addressing the relationship between feminist film theory and new media. Other topics include queer and trans* cinema, eco-cinema and the post-human. Finally, readers interested in the history of film will find essays addressing the methodological dimensions of feminist film history, essays on silent and studio era women in film, and histories of female filmmakers in a variety of non-Western contexts.

From Cradle to Stage

Author: Virginia Hanlon Grohl

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473639573

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 9408


Virginia Grohl, mother of Dave Grohl, had not seen any of it coming. Not the arenas of screaming fans, not Nirvana or the Foo Fighters, not the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and certainly not her son, Dave, performing with Sir Paul McCartney at The White House. Theirs had always been a life full of music - the Grohl family sang together on long car trips, harmonising to Motown and David Bowie - yet Virginia never expected her son to become a musician. But when Virginia saw Nirvana play for the first time to crazed applause from thousands of screaming fans, she knew nothing would ever be the same. She was the mother of a rock star. And as Virginia watched her son's star rise, she often wondered about the other mothers who raised sons and daughters who became rock stars. Were they as surprised as she was about their children's fame? Virginia often wondered about the mystical force that urges some of us to listen, to play, to surround ourselves with music. She wanted to talk about it with the other mothers whose sons and daughters were sharing stages with Dave, and she decided to seek them out wherever they were. So began a two-year odyssey, where she had conversations with such women from all over the world as Verna Griffin, Dr Dre's mother, Carolyn Williams, Pharell William's mother, Janis Winehouse, Amy Winehouse's mother, Patsy Noah, Adam Levine's mother, Donna Haim, mother to the Haim sisters and Hester Diamond, Mike D of The Beastie Boys' mother, to name just a few. From Cradle to Stage will appeal to mothers everywhere, but particularly to those with children who march (or play) to the beat of their own drum; and it's for those children who have their mothers to thank for everything. For music lovers and rock fans, it's the ultimate backstage pass-for anyone who has wondered what it's like to be on the inside...looking out at a packed arena. Featuring a foreword by Dave Grohl and exclusive family photographs, interviews are interwoven with the Grohl family story and the resultant book is a very intimate portrait of what makes a rock star.

The Melancholia of Class

Author: Cynthia Cruz

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1913462277

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

View: 6825


What does it mean to be working-class in a middle-class world? Cynthia Cruz shows us how class affects culture and our mental health and what we can do about it -- calling not for assimilation, but for annihilation. To be working-class in a middle-class world is to be a ghost. Excluded, marginalised, and subjected to violence, the working class is also deemed by those in power to not exist. We are left with a choice between assimilation into middle-class values and culture, leaving our working-class origins behind, or total annihilation. In The Melancholia of Class, Cynthia Cruz analyses how this choice between assimilation or annihilation has played out in the lives of working-class musicians, artists, writers, and filmmakers — including Amy Winehouse, Ian Curtis, Jason Molina, Barbara Loden, and many more — and the resultant Freudian melancholia that ensues when the working-class subject leaves their origins to “become someone,” only to find that they lose themselves in the process. Part memoir, part cultural theory, and part polemic, The Melancholia of Class shows us how we can resist assimilation, uplifting and carrying our working-class origins and communities with us, as we break the barriers of the middle-class world. There are so many of us, all of us waiting. If we came together, who knows what we could do.

The Long and the Short of It

Author: Jonathan Silvertown

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022607210X

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 5642


Everything that lives will die. That’s the fundamental fact of life. But not everyone dies at the same age: people vary wildly in their patterns of aging and their life spans—and that variation is nothing compared to what’s found in other animal and plant species. A giant fungus found in Michigan has been alive since the Ice Age, while a dragonfly lives but four months, a mayfly half an hour. What accounts for these variations—and what can we learn from them that might help us understand, or better manage, our own aging? With The Long and the Short of It, biologist and writer Jonathan Silvertown offers readers a witty and fascinating tour through the scientific study of longevity and aging. Dividing his daunting subject by theme—death, life span, aging, heredity, evolution, and more—Silvertown draws on the latest scientific developments to paint a picture of what we know about how life span, senescence, and death vary within and across species. At every turn, he addresses fascinating questions that have far-reaching implications: What causes aging, and what determines the length of an individual life? What changes have caused the average human life span to increase so dramatically—fifteen minutes per hour—in the past two centuries? If evolution favors those who leave the most descendants, why haven’t we evolved to be immortal? The answers to these puzzles and more emerge from close examination of the whole natural history of life span and aging, from fruit flies, nematodes, redwoods, and much more. The Long and the Short of It pairs a perpetually fascinating topic with a wholly engaging writer, and the result is a supremely accessible book that will reward curious readers of all ages.