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.
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”.