When Lily Allen quit the music biz a couple of years ago, for the wonders of motherhood and home life, she mentioned Amy Winehouse as a reason why she stopped. She didn’t want to end up how Amy ended.
Now, with the upcoming release of Sheezus, she has expanded on feelings about Amy to the Telegraph: “Amy was too damn interesting for her own good. She was not in a great place when we knew each other, so I don’t feel I knew Amy; I knew a version of Amy. What she had to deal with was 10 times anything I had to deal with. She’d sold a hell of a lot more albums than me, and there was a lot more interest in her.
“There were people outside her home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I know what that was like on a much smaller level, and I felt trapped. “She couldn’t do anything or go anywhere without there being a frenzy; and she was all about life and enjoying herself and socialising, and when that’s taken away from you… she was a prisoner.”
That’s an interesting take without being a particularly accurate take. One of the most difficult things to grasp about drug addiction is that it actually is a real disease and while it feels like a disease you have control over , that control is like cancer remission. Addicts go into remission. And sometimes they never get sick again and sometimes they do and sometimes they die. But there isn’t anything that will make me believe people want to lose everything for a drink. It just is the way any disease just is.
It was addiction that killed Amy.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!