Amy Winehouse Foundation Launched on Her Birthday
She was born September 14th, 28 years ago and her untimely death on July 23rd of this year rocked the music world and stunned her parents who are divorced, her family, friends and fans. However, Mitch Winehouse most probably feared for his daughter's life and well being after he discovered that Amy was struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. But in comments made in interviews he gave to assist the launch of the Amy Winehouse Foundation to commemorate her birthday today, Mitch Winehouse adjured that he hadn't recognized her drug addiction initially.
Confronting those who are addicted is never easy and there are obvious stages of denial on both sides. The painful realization of the long haul to recovery, the assurances to family and friends, the relapses, the urgency of the dependency and the tearful reactions of family and friends create stress and conflict for all involved. When one is an addict, friends and family also have the addiction. It's all the more impossible when the addict is a celebrated vocalist of a platinum selling album, and the first British female to win five Grammys. To what extent her inner troubles infused her artistry and her addictions fueled her talents is arguable. Regardless, her fans have been appreciative and adoring. In August 2011 Back to Black became the UK's best selling album of the 21st century.
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As reported in USA Today.com in an AP interview on Tuesday, Mitch Winehouse commented extensively and appeared to want to do everything in his power to effectively highlight the Amy Winehouse Foundation and publicize the worldwide release of "Body and Soul," the duet recorded by the female artist and Tony Bennett on March 23, 2011 at Abby Road Studios in London. It was the last recording Amy Winehouse made and as such, should be a huge seller. All proceeds from its sale will be going to the Foundation.