The most detailed and insightful portrait of the life and death of Amy Winehouse, in the context of the infamous 27 Club. The death of Amy Winehouse at the age of 27 was a tragedy. She was one of the brightest music stars in years - a brilliant, original songwriter with a mighty voice and great personal charm.
Amy was loveable, but troubled. She was as notorious for her messy personal life, drug addiction and alcoholism, as she was celebrated for her songs, and her death in 2011, while shocking, was not unexpected. Amy was also the latest in a series of iconic music stars who died at the same young age; starting with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones whose death in 1969 was followed by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in 1970, Jim Morrison in 1971, and Kurt Cobain in 1994. All were gifted. All were dissipated. All were 27. The 27 Club was first used as a collective term for these lost souls after a comment by Kurt Cobain's mother. 'He's gone and joined that stupid club,' she said after Kurt shot himself. 'I told him not to...'
In this groundbreaking book, Howard Sounes delivers a detailed and insightful study of Amy Winehouse's life, and sets that life in the context of the 27 Club. That six big music stars died at 27 - along with 44 less well-known names - is on one level a coincidence. But behind this coincidence Sounes reveals is a disturbing common narrative that explains how these artists met their fate, and casts new light on Amy's death in particular.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
This was time well spent - the book seems to stick to the fact and no conspiracy theories included. Lots of information about those in the 27 club that I didn't know - it was all very interesting and I'm glad I downloaded the book.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked that it seemed to be a factual book and not out to shock or make mysterious claims, as many books of this type seem to do.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
This book was narrated by the author, and it is very much one of those books that would have been so much better if a professional narrator had got the job instead.
Howard Sounes is rubbish at accents, his French accents sound like something off of "Allo Allo", his Amy Winehouse East London accent slips into Australian accent in parts or dodgy Eastender character in others. His American accent is laughable and I found it really detracting from what would otherwise been an enjoyable and easy read.
Did Amy, 27 inspire you to do anything?
Yes - it inspired me to go get out the Doors, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Nirvana and Any Winehouse CDs and give them a good old blast out - here's to those sad but talented people who left an indelible legacy for this world despite leaving it so young themselves.
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