Amy Winehouse had talent to burn and she sang because she had to. Alexis Petridis remembers an artist whose enormous impact rested on a handful of unforgettable songs.

This article titled “Amy Winehouse – a losing game” was written by Alexis Petridis, for The Guardian on Sunday 24th July 2011 18.15 UTC

Perhaps the most startling thing about Amy Winehouse’s death was how startled people were by it. She was a drug addict whose crack use had, her father claimed, given her emphysema. She was a drinker who, by her own admission, “didn’t know when to stop”. And, as she frequently pointed out, she “didn’t give a fuck”.

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