Back To Black Amy Winehouse

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Every single time I hear any song by Amy Winehouse I begin to tear up. The story of this performer is very sad. However we will discuss that later on in this article. First her music and performance of it are awesome and need looked and listened to.

Nobody can say Amy Winehouse didn’t have the talent to be a star and lots of style. Her voice slides like butter around her lyrics, making her an R&B/soul legend.

She grew up in a family that loved jazz. Her musical talents were clear to see from a very young age. Age ten, she formed a rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour with a childhood friend. She got her first guitar when she was 13 and she began writing music. She signed to a major record label after they heard her distinctive voice.

Every girl knows how impossible it is to get a perfect wing eyeliner, at least before the days of the tape method.

Amy nailed it. Every Single Time.

Beehive hair While girls everywhere struggled to figure out how to keep their hair in place, Amy took to a can of hairspray, a weave and a comb and blew us all out of the water with what I call a Properly disheveled beehive.

Back to Black words and music:

I, I, I left no time to regret

Kept my dick wet with that same old bet

Oh you

You and your head high and your tears dry

Get on without your guy and I, I, I went back to a new

So far removed from all we’ve been through

And you and you you, you tread a troubled track

Your odds are always stacked, you’ll go back to black

We only said goodbye with words

I knew a hundred times

I go back to her and you go back to, (you go back to)

I, I loved you much, it’s not enough

I love blow and you love puff

And life, is like a pipe

And I’m a tiny penny rollin’ up the walls inside

We only said goodbye with words

I died a hundred times

You go back to her and I go back to

We only said goodbye with words

I died a hundred times

You go back to her

And I go back to, I go back to black

Songwriters: Amy Winehouse / Mark Ronson

Back To Black lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

Amy Winehouse’s untimely death shocked critics and fans alike, with the music world mourning the troubled singer who had so much more to give-having only released two studio albums.

When R&B /soul starlet Amy Winehouse began rocketing to fame, she was berated as a dirty and promiscuous “crackhead,” “junkie” and “drunk.”

The shade black represents sadness/gloom. Thus Amy is confessing that prior to their relationship , she was sad and now that he has left she is sad once more.

The success of Winehouse’s 2006 Back To Black record catapulted her into the mainstream, changing her life irrevocably and turning her into an international superstar.

The music for the single was written by Mark Ronson just one day after he met Winehouse, after a conversation the they had about music and 60s girlbands in March 2006.

From the album came its heartbreaking title track and now haunting video, which you can watch above. Back To Black was released on 30 April 2007 via Island records.

Like with most of her work, Back To Black is deeply personal, coming from Winehouse’s own heartache, written after suffering from a breakup.

There are different interpretations of the words “back to black,” with some critics thinking it means to depression, some drink and others heroin.

The track was inspired by ex Blake Fielder-Civil, who had left her for an ex girlfriend.

If you google drug translations, pipe could be a vein, penny rolling up it, substance going up it,black = marijuana/opium/methamphetamine, blow=cocaine/to inhale cocaine/to smoke marijuana/to inject heroine,her= heroine,a puffer= crack smoker, devils dick= crack pipe.

Speaking to CNN in 2007 about the meaning of the track, she said: “Back To Black is about being in a relationship that when it’s finished you go back to what you know, except I wasn’t working so I couldn’t go and throw myself back into work.

“And where the guy obviously went back to his ex-girlfriend, I didn’t really have anything else to go back to so I guess I went back to a black for a few months, you know… Doing silly things, as you do when you’re 22 and you’re young and in love.”

Watch their interview below:

Much like the single, the song’s music video had a bleak theme, shot in black and white and seeing Winehouse and her troupe clad in black as they took to a cemetery to mourn her loss.

One scene in particular sees Amy and her entourage pay tribute to a headstone, which reads: Here lies the heart of Amy Winehouse.

The video is an artistic black-and-white number shot in Abney Park Cemetery and other locations around London, with the theme of Amy mourning for her dead relationship. That comes complete with a coffin, hearse, funeral procession, lilies, and a burial ritual. For a very small box.

Back to Black won both the Q Award and the MTV Europe Music Award for the 2007 Album of the Year. It was the biggest-selling album of 2007 worldwide, selling over 5.5 million copies. The runner-up was the soundtrack for High School Musical 2, with sales of just over 4.7 million copies. Back to Black also sold 1.85 million copies, including 265,000 sales of a recent deluxe version of the LP, in Winehouse’s native UK, making it Britain’s best-selling album of 2007.

Maybe, if you watch the music video it is a funeral perhaps the “back to black” line means, going back to wearing black clothes for mourning a death, although no one has died its like her lover is dead to her now that hes gone back to his old girlfriend. “back to” suggests that he’s done it before but shes forgiven him. That was my interpretation that seemed obvious when I listened to it but the other ones are probably just as accurate based on visual interpretation.

Winehouse turned to girl groups and other Sixties sounds to escape the jazz influences on her debut Frank.

“I’m not a jazz girl any more,” Winehouse told the British paper The Sun in 2006. “These songs [on Back to Black] are more accessible than the tracks on Frank, as jazz is quite elitist. People didn’t get it. I’ve been listening to ‘60s bands and girl groups and it came out in the writing on Back to Black.” She cited the Velvelettes (mistaken for the Velvet Underground by the British tabloid) and the Shangri-Las as two of the groups who influenced her writing, adding, “There’s a lot of bands which are ‘60s-influenced at the moment, but I guess I’m the only girl doing it.”

The entire album “Back to Black” is kind of a story, and taking that story into account, Back to Black is a pretty simple song. She fell hard for a man (Blake Fielder Civil) under bad circumstances (Tears Dry suggests she was the other woman from the start) and the love was a powerful mutual thing. Him going back to his girlfriend and ending the his illicit affair with Amy will send her back to a dark place.

Saying, “I died 100 times” is that slow/constant re-living of the ups/downs of the relationship ending up in the same spot. The pipe metaphor is she wanting to curl up in a dark place and burn up, her preferred choice of self destruction. The “goodbye with words” shows the breakup without emotion leaving everything unsettled. He gets over her with the “safe bet” and she fades to black.

What Happened To Amy?

A handful of loved ones approached Amy Winehouse, before fame would make such intervention nearly impossible, about going to rehab. She was drinking all the time. She had struggled with depression and bulimia. In her own words, she was “not, like, some messed-up person,” and she was, as her friends tell it, receptive to the idea of treatment. But when she asked her dad what he thought, he told her that she didn’t have to go. So she didn’t.

The Tragic Truth About Amy Winehouse’s Last Days

The tragedy of it is that all Amy Winehouse ever cared about was making music — she was shocked when someone gave her a break “because,” she told Rolling Stone, “I didn’t think it was special to be able to sing”

Less than five years after “Rehab” was released, Amy died of alcohol poisoning.

About a week after Winehouse died in 2011, a “devastated” Gaga said on The View, “I just think the most unfortunate thing about it all is the way that the media spins things, like, ‘Oh, here, we can learn from Amy’s death.’ I don’t feel that Amy needed to learn any lessons. I felt that the lesson was for the world to be kinder to the super-star. Everybody was so hard on her, and everything that I knew about her was she was the most lovely and nice and kind woman.”

By the time “Rehab” was ubiquitous and Winehouse was nominated for six Grammys in 2008 (it came out in October 2006, just missing the cut-off for the 2007 Grammys), her success and monstrous talent had long been overshadowed by her unstable behavior.

She infamously couldn’t accept her five Grammys, including Best New Artist and Record and Song of the Year, or perform in person because the U.S. hadn’t approved her visa in time, her application denied at first due to her ongoing, increasingly public (and international) drug troubles — including an arrest for marijuana possession in Norway in October 2007.

Having shrugged it off years prior, Winehouse finally went to rehab in January 2008, a couple weeks before the Grammys, after a video surfaced on The Sun’s website in which she appeared to be smoking crack.

Dolled up with her exaggerated at-eye liner and signature beehive, she ended up performing “Rehab” — every word oozing irony — and “You Know I’m No Good” at the Grammys via satellite from a cabaret setting at Riverside Studios in London, singing in front of a small but enthusiastic audience, including her parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse.

Amy Winehouse has been made a joke for years, made into memes making cheap shots at her dismissal of rehab with, “No, no, no.”

Winehouse was constantly the focus of media attention. She couldn’t escape the reporters who followed her every move. She has given them good reason to write about her. Her battles with drug and alcohol abuse and her self-destructive behavior was often tabloid news. The world has lost an amazing talent who had so much more incredible music to offer.

In 2008, Amy Winehouse became the first artist at the Ivor Novello Awards to receive two nominations for Best Song, both musically and lyrically.

She was nominated for “You Know I’m No Good” and won with “Love Is a Losing Game.”

THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION

After her alcoholism-related death, Amy’s family set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

The charity works to help prevent alcohol and drug abuse, and aims to support disadvantaged youth to reach their potential.

us – Amy Winehouse Foundation

In 2015, four years after singer Amy Winehouse’s death, Universal Music U.K. CEO David Joseph announced that he’d destroyed all of her demo recordings in an attempt to prevent anyone from releasing them posthumously. Despite that, composer Gil Cang, who wrote songs for Winehouse early in her career, has posted a Winehouse track called “My Own Way” to YouTube.

In 2011, Island Records, a division of Universal, released a compilation album of Amy Winehouse B-sides and demos selected by producer Mark Ronson called Lioness: Hidden Treasures. A second compilation was released in 2015 as the soundtrack for Amy, a documentary about the singer’s ultimately tragic life.

She was an exceptional musician prior to her death. She was an accomplished musician, not just a vocalist. She played guitar, chose chords and melody structure, wrote lyrics, arranged, and performed.

Contrary to what many believe Amy Winehouse was not someone who glorified and encouraged drug abuse.

Her songs actually often showed the darker side to the Rock and Roll lifestyle more than most. “You Know I’m No Good” depicts someone who leads that kind of life, as a miserable, depressed on dope, who ruins everything for herself, and everyone around her.

More importantly however Amy Winehouse also did attempt to conquer her addictions as well. She actually managed to overcome her addictions to drugs, and was clean from them for 3 whole years before her death. Sadly however she was never able to overcome he addiction to alcohol. Though again she did make attempts to do so, and had even been clean for several weeks before her death. Ultimately it was a relapse back into alcoholism that took her life in 2011.

Had she not overdosed I would have continued to follow her musical evolution. Unlike a lot of pop, she wrote with depth, authenticity, and vulgarity that others shy away from. Her acclaim likely would have grown.

Her Story

Roger Keyserling


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