Amy Winehouse: Father traces singer's decline in memoir

Wednesday June 20, 2012

NEW YORK -- Amy Wine house’s father says he has a hard time enjoying her breakthrough "Back to Black" album because the songs are about her ex-husband.

Mitch Winehouse blames Blake Fielder-Civil for leading her into drug abuse, and he details her long decline in a new memoir, "Amy, My Daughter." His views on the British singer’s ex-husband have been stated before and are well known.

Amy Winehouse, whose "Back to Black" disc sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award for album of the year in 2008, died of accidental alcohol poisoning in July. The British singer was 27.

Amy Winehouse married Field er-Civil in 2007. They divorced in 2009.

Mitch Winehouse writes in the memoir that it recently occurred to him that one of the biggest-selling albums of the 21st century is all about Fielder-Civil, whom he disparages.

His memoir is scheduled to come out June 26.

Most of the book is about a seemingly endless cycle of attempted recoveries and relapses as she battled drugs and alcohol.

"Long before Amy was an addict, no one could tell her what to do," he writes. "Once she became an addict, her stubbornness just got worse. There were times when she wanted to be clean, but the times when she didn’t outnumbered them."


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