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Comedic Actor, Russell Brand has known Amy Winehouse for years. He has written the most beautiful and touching (in his own way) – letter to Amy Winehouse called, “For Amy” and posted it on his blog, http://www.russellbrand.tv.

Below you will find a piece that really stood out for me:

I arrived late and as I made my way to the audience through the plastic smiles and plastic cups I heard the rolling, wondrous resonance of a female vocal. Entering the space I saw Amy on stage with Weller and his band; and then the awe. The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius. From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse. Winehouse? Winehouse! That twerp, all eyeliner and lager dithering up Chalk Farm Road under a back-combed barnet, the lips that I’d only seen clenching a fishwife fag and dribbling curses now a portal for this holy sound. So now I knew. She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes. She was a fucking genius.”

“When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call.”

“We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care. We need to look at the way our government funds rehabilitation. It is cheaper to rehabilitate an addict than to send them to prison, so criminalisation doesn’t even make economic sense. Not all of us know someone with the incredible talent that Amy had but we all know drunks and junkies and they all need help and the help is out there. All they have to do is pick up the phone and make the call. Or not. Either way, there will be a phone call.

It sure makes you think doesn’t it?!

Via russellbrand.tv


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The news broke on Saturday 23 July 2011 that the Rehab Singer – Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her London Apartment. She was 27 Years old.


A lot of speculation regarding the cause of her death has been flying around in the media but we will ONLY know for CERTAIN what the cause of this talented singer’s death is when a Post Mortem is done later Today (Monday 25 July 2011).

“Enquiries continue into the circumstances of her death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained and there have been no arrests in connection with the incident,” Superintendent Raj Kohli told reporters at the cordon around her flat late Saturday as fans gathered to pay tribute to the diva.

Kohli added, “I am aware of reports suggesting this death is the result of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasise that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death.”

Although Amy Winehouse has made news for not always being the best role-model – referring to her drug and alcohol abuse – she was blessed with one AMAZING voice – therefore I put up this post in memory of her.

Image via mtv.com

Quote via All4Women.co.za


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