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22-07-08

Up all night with Amy Winehouse

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In rollingstone magazine las ik vorige week een "interview" met Amy Winehouse. In feite betrof het een vrij raar artikel van een reporter die na een nachtje kamperen voor de woonst van 'la winehouse' door haar mee naar binnen werd gevraagd.

At 4 a.m. — after I'd spent half the night outside her apartment, hoping for an interview — Winehouse had, much to my surprise, opened the door and invited me in for beer. Since then, Winehouse has been puttering around her house in varying states of consciousness, disappearing every half an hour or so upstairs to her bedroom and returning to talk to me a little about her music, a little about her drugs and a lot about her imprisoned husband. Through it all, she's an attentive and open hostess, boiling me tea and giving me extra slips of paper to take notes. 

Het verhaal komt er na een hele lente vol schandalen, te veel om op te noemen: Amy te midden van crack-pijpen, Amy en Pete die met muizen spelen, openlijk drugs gebruik, en zo kan ik nog even doorgaan.

Mede daardoor is de zangeres een populair onderwerp voor de vele paparazzi die continue voor haar huis kamperen. Telkens haar voordeur opengaat wordt ze bestookt met vragen...

"We love you, and your friends love you!" "What next, Amy?" they cry. "What are you going to call your new album?" She smiles, making them wonder if she'll answer, and then wickedly says, "Black Don't Crack."

"She's on loads of crack, but you can see through that," says Simon Gross, a freelance photographer. "I just want for her to get better. I'm hoping someday for that set of pictures of her riding her bike in the park or something healthy."

Maar laten we terugkeren naar het verhaal van de reporter. Hij geeft in zijn "interview" een hallucinant beeld van een apartement dat op een vuilnisbelt lijkt en een zombie-amy die constant in het huis rondloopt.

Discarded bags of potato chips, crumpled nuggets of tinfoil, beer bottles, lingerie boxes and scattered old credit cards tell of a long night that hasn't ended in weeks, maybe months.

Van een interview kwam niet echt veel in huis.

Enkele opmerkelijke uitspraken over :
- Haar druggebruik : "To be honest, my husband's away, I'm bored, I'm young," Winehouse tells me. "I felt like there was nothing to live for. It's just been a low ebb."
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Haar nieuw album"Same stuff as my last album but with some ska." Have you started recording it yet? "It's not so much about recording, it's about whatever." "When the songs are done, they'll be all atmospheric and cool like that. . . ." She does this sort of Sixties-ish Space Age Bond-girl dance, standing with a hip thrust to the side, wiggling her fingers, and opening her mouth. "Whaaaaa . . ." is the sound she makes. "They might be like these girls I've been listening to, like the Shangri-Las."
- Haar vertroebelde relatie met Mark Ronson : "We are close enough that I thought we could be like, 'Hello, darling, it's me,' " she says. She adds that they went to the studio for a few days in Oxford, but they weren't connecting. "I played him tracks I liked, just getting the vibe, and he was like, 'Amy, come, let's work.' He was really just uptight. . . . " she trails off and then resumes cheerfully: "He left after three days, and I was like, 'Breathe a sigh of relief, I'm in the country and I can write.' "
- Pete Doherty :  "We're just good friends," she says. "I asked Pete to do a concept EP, and he made this face, he looked at me like I'd pooed on the floor. He wouldn't do it. We're just really close."

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