p2pnet news | Music:- Amy Winehouse’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, says he’s afraid his wife will be dead before the summer unless she does something about her addictions.
He’s currently in Pentonville, a UK jail, charged with causing grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice, both relating to a pub fight in east London, last summer.
“Every day I fear the prison chaplain is going to walk into my cell and break the news that Amy is dead,” the News of the World has saying.
Winehouse was admitted to a drug rehabilitation clinic last week after a video was released showing her smoking crack.
“She is thin, she is bulimic and she looks ill. Bulimia is deadly in itself and I’ve tried without success to make her eat properly.
“But with crack on top it spells disaster.”
He also complained, “I’m only allowed two prison visits a week and I’ve got to share them between Amy and my parents.
“When Amy does visit me she is sometimes high on drugs and falls asleep during our precious two hours together.
“She has also failed to turn up four times on precious visits. It’s devastating.”
The Times of London, “doesn’t make a habit of devoting thought to the travails of pop singers, whose exploits now more than ever keep the red-top British tabloids afroth,” says the Toronto Star.
But it’s making an exception in Winehouse’s case.
“It was moved to do so only once it the past 40 years, when, in the wake of Mick Jagger’s imprisonment for unlawful possession of four amphetamine tablets it asked, ‘Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel’?” – says the story, going on:
The line, borrowed from poet Alexander Pope, helped win Jagger’s release with the argument that the long, over-reactive arm of the British establishment was poised to destroy an artist simply as a means of cutting the whole of 1960s counterculture down to a diminished size.
But the editorial page was moved again this week by the real-time train wreck that is Amy Winehouse, saying the British soul singer’s drug-induced dance on the window ledge of life is ‘as iconic in its fashion as the Jagger affair was in 1967′.”
Adds the story:
“Unlike America’s Britney Spears, a great many people recognize a great arc of lasting talent in Winehouse, who confesses to grown-up heartaches and hangovers with an unforgettably velvety voice The New Musical Express once described as “a cement mixer of gravel and honey.”
“Unlike Spears, Winehouse is only just arriving at the top, riding the international embrace of a breakout album, Back to Black that has Winehouse nominated for no less than six awards at next month’s Grammys.
“But if Winehouse awakens memories of both Billie Holliday and the Artful Dodger, the 24-year-old north Londoner parallels Spears as postmodern spectacle. Both occupy that rarefied space atop the minute-by-minute lists of most-emailed nothingness.”
News of the World – Amy Winehouse has three months to live, says Blake, January 27, 2008
drug rehabilitation clinic – Drug charges against Amy Winehouse?, January 24, 2008
Toronto Star – Times’ editorial page calls for intervention to save Winehouse, January 28, 2008
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