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Amy Winehouse Dead At 27, Leaves Long Legacy Of Music And Madness

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Amy Winehouse, the internationally and critically acclaimed yet highly-controversial English singer-songwriter, was found dead in her north London apartment. She was 27. Police are calling the cause of death undetermined, but many suspect a drug overdose.

Winehouse, sadly, joins the so-called “27 Club,” a list of rock music artists who died at the age of 27, including Kurt Cobain, Brtian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.

London Metro police issued this statement:

Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.

Via the BBC:

Rumours of Winehouse’s death began circulating on Twitter on Saturday evening. Among those to comment was former prime minister’s wife Sarah Brown.

“Sad sad news of Amy Winehouse – great talent, extraordinary voice, and tragic death, condolences to her family,” she tweeted.

Singer and presenter Myleene Klass tweeted: “OMG. Amy Winehouse. Exceptional talent and really nice lady. RIP.”

BBC Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton wrote: “Can not believe the news. Amy was a special girl. The saddest news.”

Daily Telegraph rock critic Neil McCormick said he was “utterly shocked” at her death.

He said she had appeared focused when giving an “incredible performance” for a recent studio recording of a duet with Tony Bennett.

“It’s deeply sad. It’s the most completely tragic waste of talent that I can remember,” he added.

At the time she pulled out of the tour, her spokesman said: “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances.

“Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.”

Via The Telegraph:

Amy Winehouse, who has died aged 27, ticked all the right boxes for a self-destructive wild child of pop, having bags of “attitude”, a drink and drugs problem and a no-good man; yet underneath the ratty beehive hair-do, oversized plastic earrings, kohl-encrusted eyes and tattoo-covered arms, she was also an addictive and engaging performer with a natural deep voice who sang with a jazzy, passionate energy.

Amy Winehouse’s music — Sixties pop-soul in 21st-century street slang — was always less interesting than her chaotic off-stage life. Her name seldom featured in the press unless prefixed by the word “troubled” and accompanied by an account of her battles with drink and drugs and her dependent-abusive relationship with her husband, a petty drug dealer and junkie called Blake Fielder-Civil. Cancelled gigs, brushes with the law and spells in rehab gave the press plenty to write about; commentators saw parallels between Amy Winehouse’s charge towards self-destruction with Blake Fielder-Civil and their punk rock counterparts Nancy Spungeon and Sid Vicious.

 

Via the London Mail:

Winehouse has had a troubled life which has included various stints in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

In an interview in 2008, her mother Janis said she would be unsurprised if her daughter died before her time.

She said: ‘I’ve known for a long time that my daughter has problems. But seeing it on screen rammed it home. I realise my daughter could be dead within the year. We’re watching her kill herself, slowly.
‘I’ve already come to terms with her dead. I’ve steeled myself to ask her what ground she wants to be buried in, which cemetery. Because the drugs will get her if she stays on this road.

‘I look at Heath Ledger and Britney. She’s on their path. It’s like watching a car crash – this person throwing all these gifts away.’

Via CBS:

Winehouse has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. In May it was reported that she checked into a treatment facility after her father, Mitch, encouraged her to seek help.

Winehouse won five Grammy Awards for her 2008 album “Back to Black” and the single “Rehab,” including Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Artist.

 

Via Wikipedia on Wisehouse’s discography:

The discography of Amy Winehouse (1983–2011), an English soul, jazz, and R&B singer, contains two studio albums and ten singles.

Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, was released by Island Records in the United Kingdom in October 2003 and peaked at number thirteen on the UK Album Chart, however none of the four singles released from the album managed to reach the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart. Her second album and the last released in her lifetime, Back to Black, was released in October 2006 and went to number one in the UK , and peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 in the United States. The album was certified five-times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and it was the best-selling album of 2007 in the UK. The first single from the album, “Rehab”, peaked at number seven in the UK, and number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The album’s second single, “You Know I’m No Good” reached number eighteen in the UK. Other singles were the title-track, “Back to Black”, “Tears Dry on Their Own” and “Love Is a Losing Game”. A special deluxe edition of the album was released in the UK in November 2007 and also topped the charts. By mid-2009 Back to Black had sold a total of 2,985,303 copies and was the eighteenth biggest seller ever in the UK.[1]

Winehouse collaborated with other artists, as a vocalist on the song “Valerie” on Mark Ronson’s solo album, Version. The song peaked at number two in the UK. She also collaborated with ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena, on “B Boy Baby,” from Buena’s solo album, Real Girl.

 

The BBC has a profile on Winehouse from 2008.

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‘Stop the Attacks’: 1400 Black Women Leaders Demand DNC Support Biden and Harris

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Amid reports of multiple top Democrats telling President Joe Biden he should end his reelection campaign, largely based on polling, more than 1400 Black women leaders and allies have sent Democratic Party leaders a letter demanding they support Biden, the presumptive nominee, and his running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris.

Calling the efforts to oust President Biden “unjust and undemocratic,” the letter states: “The Biden-Harris Administration is running on a solid record of historic legislative accomplishments and a commitment to finish their agenda to improve the lives of all Americans, protect our rights, freedoms and democracy. Further, we believe it is unfair and disruptive to judge President Biden for having a bad 90-minute debate performance against a serial liar who wants to destroy our democracy and be a dictator-in-chief.”

“Now is the time for the Democratic Party to stop the attacks against their own presidential nominee that ‘we the people’ voted for and focus on defeating the real threat to our democracy and that is Donald Trump,” they say.

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The Hill reported on the letter Thursday afternoon.

No political affiliation was indicated.

Its signatories include attorney Keisha Lance Bottoms, the former Atlanta mayor and former Biden Director of the Office of Public Engagement, and former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black American woman elected to the Senate.

The letter also states the women “are writing to share our deep concern and dismay at the lack of unity being displayed by some of our elected democrats and Democratic Party leadership, who are not standing firmly and resolutely for the re-election of President Joseph Biden and his running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris.”

“During the primary election process held across the country earlier this year, 14 million Americans cast ballots for President Biden and Vice President Harris. They are the duly elected democratic party nominees for the 2024 Presidential election. We reject all efforts to disregard this fact or to circumvent the will of millions of voters who participated in a democratic process. The primaries held earlier this year were the appropriate time to challenge candidates for the nomination and press arguments about qualifications. The suggestion that any candidate who won their primary should simply step aside because victory appears difficult at the moment is disrespectful to the voters, unjust and undemocratic.

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A small selection of other signatories include:

Political strategist and former acting DNC chair Donna Brazile

Former NAACP national president Hazel Dukes

LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter

Actress and producer Vivica Fox

Attorney CK Hoffler, former Chair of the National Bar Association

Star Jones, former co-host of “The View”

Tennessee state Rep. Karen Camper, the Democratic Minority Leader

Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, Chief Operating Officer of the National Council of Churches

North Carolina State Senator Kandie Smith

Regina Goodwin, Oklahoma state Rep. from 2015 to 2024, now state Senator-elect

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‘Democratic Machine’ Strategists Behind Move to Oust Biden: Ex-Congressman

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Former Republican U.S. Congressman David Jolly says the people trying to push President Joe Biden out of the 2024 election are not the voters but the “Democratic Machine,” political operatives like strategists and pollsters, and he warns that the “Biden coalition” is not just “transferable” to another candidate.

“What they have done is kneecap their own nominee,” Jolly, no longer a Republican, said Thursday on MSNBC. “And so is it past the point of no return? Maybe? Maybe not.”

Revealing he spoke with “someone exceedingly close to the President himself just last night,” Jolly says, “the message was very much what you heard from Quentin Fulks, nothing had actually changed.” Fulks is the Biden-Harris Principal Deputy Campaign Manager.

He says “the final chapter” of the effort to oust President Biden came “yesterday with the Adam Schiff release. Adam Schiff, somebody who will win his Senate race by 30 points had no reason to comment on this race, like [Senators] Jon Tester in Montana or Sherrod Brown in Ohio,” who are at risk of losing re-election.

Schiff on Wednesday publicly called for President Biden to exit the race.

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“They had Adam Schiff use his political capital, because he can lose ten points by walking the plank a bit on this, and then they increase leaks around Speaker Pelosi and around Schumer and then the Obama story today.”

He added, “we can quickly dismiss polls and we should, but at the same time, they reflect a certain sentiment. Many Democrats are concerned, they’re worried, and so the Democratic machine will say, ‘look, three out of four Democrats want him out.’ But again, the head to head says, ‘Well, if he’s still our guy, still our guy. and we’re going all the way.’ ”

Jolly continued, saying, “there are voters that are going to be angry about what the machines are doing and here would be my biggest caution to the Democrats that are pulling off this fix: The Biden coalition is not fully transferable. The Biden coalition emerged out of the anti-Trump coalition. And what Democratic operatives believe today is that the anti-Trump coalition will be enough that whomever succeeds Biden can beat Trump. I don’t know that that’s the case. Because there are enough independents and unaffiliated voters who are proudly part of the Biden coalition today, who as you just pointed out, are watching the Democratic machine say that Democratic voters, ‘your voice doesn’t matter. ‘That’s hard to attract people back to the Democratic coalition after you implode.”

Jolly concluded, “the party is controlled by the machine. They controlled the machine to nominate Biden, and now they’re using the machine to control his exit. And my point is the members of the Biden coalition that performs, the non-Democratic Biden coalition members, are now looking at this saying, ‘what is different about a Democratic machine that controls the outcome, everything, versus a Republican machine that controls it?’ I agree. I think the fix was in before and I think the fix is in now.”

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‘Have to Stop This Psychopath’: Conway Launches PAC Focused on Trump ‘Mental Instability’

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Attorney George Conway, well-known for his anti-Trump commentary and analysis, has just launched the Anti-Psychopath political action committee, “dedicated to highlighting Donald Trump’s mental instability, bringing it to the forefront of national discussion.”

“I’m sorry to say,” Conway declares in the launch video below, which is interspersed with clips of Trump speaking, “the most important issue in [this] election isn’t being addressed: Donald Trump has never been right in the head. We’ve all seen videos of Trump slurring words  …  rambling nonsensically about sharks and electrocution … Hannibal Lecter. Trump’s problem is, he’s just nuts.”

The video goes on to quote others who, like Conway, know Trump.

“He’s a populist, authoritarian narcissist.” (Former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan)

“He is a consummate narcissist.” (Former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr)

And from a news report: “Governor Chris Sununu called Trump ‘crazy.’ Adding, ‘I don’t think he’s so crazy he should be in a mental institution, but if he were in one, he ain’t getting out.’ ”

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“He goes and he starts to say these wacky things, that’s what scares everybody about him.” (Former Trump UN Ambassador Nikki Haley)

“The country can’t be a therapy session for a troubled man like this.” (Barr again)

“Trump,” Conway continues, “is not simply eccentric or odd in a good way. He’s unwell, mentally unwell, in a dangerous way. He is indeed a pathological narcissist on a level we have never before seen. He’s malignant narcissist who is also a sociopath or psychopath. What these terms mean, is a Trump is a man who cares about nothing but himself, not you, not the country, not the laws and Constitution that a president swears to faithfully execute. And it also means that Trump is a pathological liar and that he lacks any moral conscience or capacity for remorse. These are the psychological characteristics of dangerous cult leaders and dictators. They shouldn’t be the traits of an American president.”

Conway also notes in the video and on social media he is donating over $340,000 of his own money to the organization, which is accepting donations.

On Wednesday Conway posted what he described as “the official psychiatric diagnostic criteria for two very severe personality disorders,” and asked voters to decide if they fit candidate Trump.

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Conway is also blasting the mainstream media:

“Now, you haven’t heard any of this discussed very much in the media. And that’s because too many people are afraid of talking about mental health issues, particularly Donald Trump’s, and that’s the problem we’re here to address. To understand Donald Trump, why he’s unfit for office there why he’s a danger to the Republic, you have to understand his psychological disorders. Trump’s malignant narcissism explains everything about it.”

“It explains his pathological lying.”

“His misogyny.”

“His racism.”

“His authoritarianism.”

“His endless quest for vengeance, his love for dictators. It may even explain his recent praise of Hannibal Lecter. It certainly accounts for his criminality.”

Watch the video below or at this link.

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