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Amy Winehouse's former A&R says 'Amy' documentary should make people feel 'embarrassed' for 'murdering her'

It was a sad day for music when Amy Winehouse tragically passed away at the age of 27 in 2011. The world had lost a star.

Almost four years after her untimely passing the world continues to marvel over her life and career. During her lifetime, the beloved singer-songwriter battled alcohol and drug abuse, a struggle that had been highly criticised by the media and taunted by many. She was viciously hounded, not only by paparazzi, but by talking heads insensitive to addition and mental-health issues.

In a revealing new documentary titled ‘Amy’ this and other aspects of her life are explored in great detail. ‘Amy,’ a compassionate portrait of the late singer, charts her glorious rise to fame, the perils of celebrity culture and the impact this all had on Winehouse -in order to, in the words of its director Adif Kapadia, "understand why things panned out the way they did, and to try and show the real Amy.”

The film, which features previously unseen footage of the singer and interviews with those close to her, including her former husband Blake Fielder-Civil and Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch, has already received rave reviews from critics for its vivid imagery and brutal honesty.

Darcus Beese, Amy’s former A&R and current president of Island Records, recently opened up about the documentary with Billboard, saying he hopes the Amy: The Girl Behind The Name makes people feel “embarrassed” for “murdering” the late singer.

"She was ill. You had people who had praised her and now they were murdering her," he said. "Hopefully, when they see their faces on the screen they’ll feel embarrassed." He later added: "The film was an eye-opener. I didn’t realize we were signing a girl who was broken."

Her friend & co-manager Nick Shymansky and former band member Dale Davis also opened up on Amy’s death:

“There was a huge chain of selfishness and negligence around Amy,” says Shymansky.” I remember an expert on the news saying that she could drop dead at any minute. But there were still gigs being booked. I would never have anything to do professionally with someone in that state.”

“The finger can be pointed at certain people, but in many aspects we can all be blamed. I’ve gone through all those feelings myself. I would have had to do there 24 hours a day to try and help,” says Davis.

'Amy' hits cinemas July 2. 



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