Amy Amy Amy: The Amy Winehouse Story

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AMY AMY AMY redresses the imbalance, giving full measure to Winehouse’s talent while offering an honest account of her multiple personal crises in this absorbing and entertaining biography of an exceptionally gifted performer.

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Nick Johnstone is a journalist, writer and lecturer. As a journalist, specialising in coverage of the arts, his writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Jewish Chronicle, the Daily Telegraph, the Times, Uncut, the Jerusalem Post, the Sunday Herald, Dazed & Confused, Tank,Zembla, Mojo, the Wire and Melody Maker. He wrote the Blue Notes column for the Guardian between 2003-2005, which earned nominations for the MIND Journalist of the Year award in 2004, 2005, 2006). He has interviewed many artists including Keith Richards, Lou Reed, Dana Ivgy, Roman Polanski, Jim Jarmusch, The Flaming Lips, Julian Schnabel, Ronnie Wood, Harmony Korine, Ethan Hawke, Werner Herzog, Amos Gitai, Darren Aronofsky, Vanessa Beecroft, Elliot Smith, Ryan Adams, David Byrne, Paul Auster, Denis Johnson, Rick Moody, Justine Shapiro, Perry Farrell and Solange Azagury-Patridge. He is also the author of 11 books, including the memoir, A Head Full Of Blue (Bloomsbury, 2002), The Melody Maker History of 20th Century Popular Music (Bloomsbury, 1999) and A Brief History of Rock 'n' Roll, to be published by Constable & Robinson in November 2007. He has also had various short stories published, including Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul, in the anthology, Peverted By Language: Fiction Inspired By The Fall (Serpent's Tail, 2007). He has written introductions to Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen (Faber and Faber, 2008) and Cesare Pavese's The Political Prisoner (Peter Owen, 2007). His books have been translated into six languages. In 2003, Waterstone's voted him one of "Britain's 20 Most Promising Future British Writers". He is also a Senior Lecturer in Music & Lifestyle Journalism at the University College for The Creative Arts and lectures on Creative Writing at the University of Westminster. His memoir, A Head Full of Blue, is presently in development by Tattie Moon productions, as a drama for BBC Scotland.

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New York, NY/London, England (February 26, 2008) Omnibus Press, the world's leading publisher of rock and pop books has announced the release of the first biography on troubled retro soul diva Amy Winehouse, the recent winner of 5 Grammy Awards. Amy Amy Amy: The Amy Winehouse Story (Omnibus Press; April 1, 2008; 146 pages; $17.95) delves into the life and career of one of today s most brilliant and troubled stars from her early bouts with depression and first gigs with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to her signing with Island Records at the age of 18 and meteoric rise to stardom. After breaking out with her 2003 award winning album, Frank , Amy quickly became a name to watch. Since then, she s released the massively successful follow-up Back to Black , led by the impossibly catchy and possibly prophetic single, Rehab and has rapidly risen to become of the biggest female artists in the world. With original interviews from figures throughout her career, Amy Amy Amy traces Winehouse s career, her open use of alcohol and drugs and well-publicized problems with anorexia, bulimia and drugs which threaten to obscure her amazing talent. In this absorbing and entertaining biography, London-based author Nick Johnstone writes, That striking picture of Amy outside in the street, outside the place she was staying, near dawn, wearing just a bra, jeans, barefoot in the freezing November air. That picture spoke volumes, reeked of the tragedy that the Amy Winehouse story had become. --Beth Brody

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