Right from the release of her debut album, Frank, I was immersed into the world of Amy Winehouse with her unique insight and even more iconic voice. At that point, I didn’t know any more than her songs told me but that was enough, her honesty and openness meant this was someone beyond your everyday singer/songwriter, this was a woman with something to say and, boy, did she make an impact. Like so many, I’m still saddened by her loss but this new book Amy Winehouse: Beyond Black release from Thames & Hudson is promising to be an affectionate, upbeat and evocative illustrated book, curated by Amy’s stylist and close friend Naomi Parry, and I can’t wait to get a deeper look, when it’s released on 14th September.
Somehow, July 23, 2021, means it has been ten years since her untimely death, but Amy Winehouse: Beyond Black features stories and anecdotes from a wide range of characters connected to Amy, including specially commissioned photography of memorabilia, styled and dressed themed sets incorporating her clothing, possessions and lyrics, as well as previously unseen archival images.
A mix of fans, colleagues and friends reflect on her life, and this includes the likes of Ronnie Spector, Vivienne Westwood, Bryan Adams, Little Simz, Carl Barât, close friend Catriona Gourlay, Douglas Charles-Ridler (owner of the Hawley Arms), tattooist Henry Hate, goddaughter Dionne Broomfield and DJ Bioux. Each bring their personal story to share, as well as Vice Culture Editor Emma Garland, who puts their insights into context with an intro that highlights the principal events and achievements in Amy’s life and work, can’t wait to see it all together!