Winehouse's dad blames her ex hubby for her death
The father of late British singer Amy Winehouse details her cycle of drug and alcohol abuse in a new memoir due on bookshelves this week in the US.
Mitch Winehouse's Amy, My Daughter includes "exclusive, never-before-seen photos and paints an open and honest portrait of one of the greatest musical talents of our time," said publisher HarperCollins.
The US book launch comes ahead of its 5th July publication in Britain, where Amy, 27, was found dead at her north London flat in July 2011. Investigators said she had died of alcohol poisoning.
In the 320-page biography, Mitch "offers an inside view of Amy's life as she lived it, putting to rest once and for all the controversies that have long surrounded her," said HarperCollins. It said Mitch was Amy's "closest adviser, her inspiration and best friend," and promised an "intimate and tender account" in the book.
"He describes the realities of her dependencies and the toll they took on the family and friends who refused to give up on her," HarperCollins added. The memoir will also include previously unpublished photographs of Amy whose sudden death came as a tragedy for millions of fans.
"There's so much to take away from it—to let people know what a wonderful girl she was, a normal girl and how addiction can afflict any family as loving as ours," Mitch told MSNBC television's website last month.
"My family is the most loving family. Addiction can affect all families and the important thing is to let parents know not to feel guilt."
Mitch also said he has a hard time enjoying her breakthrough Back To Black album because the songs are about her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who he blames for leading her into drugs.
A former taxi driver, Mitch is also a jazz singer. He created the Amy Winehouse Foundation after her death to help young people in need, due to ill health, disability, financial disadvantage or addiction. He said all book sale proceeds will go toward the foundation.
Published: 27th June 2012