Amy Winehouse

I have always been of the view that Amy Winehouse was the only female artist that was on Etta James’ plane — the parallels are all too obvious — a profound expression of “love and trouble” experience going back to Billie Holiday. Now that the dust has settled in the four years since Amy’s death I was very impressed with the feature length documentary Amy, a close-grained, subtle and unflinching look at the toxic cocktail of the dark-sided clash of contemporary fame and artistic authenticity, an authenticity conspicuously absent from the current crop of phony “divas”. A favorite scene is Amy recording a duet with Tony Bennett. Priceless!