This summer, Amy Winehouse’s private journals, music, and photographs will be released to the public for the first time.
Amy Winehouse: In Her Words, a new book published by HarperCollins on August 31, will be the first time the late singer’s personal memorabilia has been made public.
Mitch and Janis Winehouse, who wrote the book’s prologue, stated in a statement, “This wonderful new collection of Amy’s notes and reflections exposes another side of Amy — her playful and humorous side.
We hope Amy’s fans will love reading her writings as much as we have.
Two weeks prior to what would have been Winehouse’s 40th birthday, the book is set to be released. After a series of public difficulties with addiction and poor mental health, she died of an accidental alcohol overdose in July 2011. She was 27 years old.
For a deeper understanding of the artist who dreamed big and cared profoundly about what would have been her 40th birthday, Lisa Sharkey of HarperCollins recommends reading Amy Winehouse’s “Diary,” a deeply personal and informative book filled with her inner thoughts and emotions. “We are so grateful to her parents, Janis and Mitch, for allowing us to publish this precious keepsake of their daughter,” the authors write.
Amy Winehouse Foundation pledged
The author has pledged to give the Amy Winehouse Foundation 100% of the book’s profits, or at least £70,000. Since its inception in 2011, Mitch Winehouse’s organization has provided recovery housing, resilience training, and music therapy workshops for impoverished and at-risk youth.
Mitch Winehouse, the singer’s father, published a memoir on his daughter’s life a year after Amy passed away in 2012. Amy, My Daughter included never-before-seen images and private entries from his diary. The Foundation received 100% of the net proceeds.
The director Sam Taylor-Johnson is currently working on a biopic of Winehouse’s life titled Back to Black. Backstage paparazzi photos leaked on Twitter early this year triggered an outcry from critics who called the project inappropriate and exploitative, despite the fact that no official marketing materials had been released at the time.