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Trash Baby? Amy Winehouse?

“They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no…” Amy Winehouse was found dead, alone, on July 23 at 5 pm in her luxury apartment (valued at $2.5 million) on Camden Square (North of London), at the age of 27.

I am kind of translating an article on Amy Winehouse in the French weekly “Le nouvel Observateur”:  I don’t think I have seen a picture of Amy, or knew who she was, or realized I was listened to one of her song…Still, another “icon” committed suicide prematurely, and it is worth finding out some more on the story of the person.

Amy is from a middle class family, born in Southgate (North of London), was cared and pampered by her parents who paid her university tuition in art major.  Amy childhood was stable and received a guitar at age 13. Amy’s grandmother was the girlfriend of jazz-man Ronnie Scott, and her father sang jazz.

Ironically, parents, Tabloids, and social platforms, have been forecasting Amy demise since 2006 as she had sold 10 million copies of “Back to Back”.  “Amy was no longer among us for sometime. It was a matter of when.” would declare her mother Janis.   “If my daughter continue in that path, she is a goner” said her father Mitch a few says before the suicide.

The fans of Amy have witnessed the ghost during concerts, particularly in Belgrade in June 18.  The audience was pretty upset:  Amy forgot the words, was totally drunk, eyes glassy…

Amy married her terrible video assistant, Blake Fielder-Civil, in 2005 who filmed Amy smoking crack.  Her husband is a junk and was familiar with courts and jails.

Amy inspired Lagerfeld, wore Swingin’ London style, frequently beaten by her boyfriends… She was discovered by Simon Fuller, the producer of “Pop Idol” at the age 19.  It is reported that, since Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, England had not witnessed another auto-destructive, Charismatic , and eccentric icon.

Salomon Hazot, Amy’s manager in France said: “When she sang at the Zenith, she was wonderfully amazed as a kid.  The first time I saw her, Amy was mostly timid, polite, and awfully talented.”  Amy was 157 cm tall, anorexic, suffering from emphysema in the lungs.  Amy frequently would say to her musicians: “Are you sure my fan love me?”  It is the same attitude of Janis Joplin, who died at 27 from overdose, and had said: “My fans would love my songs less if they were not convinced that I am destroying my health…”

These icons had the instinct that most fans are fascinated with their fragility, imperfections, and weaknesses. “Our societies strive for zero risk in life, and have great urge to see public figures transgressing their fear.” claims the sociologist Stephane Hugon.  The spectators in reality shows wait for one thing: The final whissel of who won and who lost, voting on iPod and PlayStation…

Many icons who have been regular at rehab institutions managed to survive age 27, and control their public image of a goner not to be devour them alive, and keep the limelight, such as Madona, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Pete Doherty, Whitney Houston…at The Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona and La Priory in France.

When Kurt Cobain of Nirvana committed suicide at age 27, his mother said: “Kurt joined this stupid club”.  The mother meant that Kurt died as many in her family, by suicide.  The media interpreted this quote as meaning the club of the young icons who died at 27, such as Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin…

After modelling: Music second career for Carla Bruni (current wife of French President Sarkozy)

At the age of 19, Carla Bruni’s career as a model took off.  At the age of 29, Carla quit modeling for other horizons.  She learned to play guitar at age 9 and her mother was a professional pianist.  Carla was a big fan of the Rolling Stones and was the main girl friend of Mick Jagger for 8 years.  Carla also was the girlfriend of Eric Clapton before Mick stole her from her Eric.

As usual, Carla did her due diligence in comprehending the music business, from the main professionals in the music industry by charming them and becoming their girl friend for a period.

In 2002, at the age of 35, Carla had a hit with “Quelqu’un m’a dit“, an album that sold 2 million copies in France and outside boundaries.  “Carla arrived very discreetly and in small steps: The universe of the music industry in France is hard and closed to newcomers. Many French models tried to transfer career to music and failed miserably” said the journalist reporter to L’Express Gilles Medioni.

Actually, Carla kept taking courses in vocalism twice a week, and doing it even today.

Carla had declared 16 years ago on TV: “I am an average singer and don’t intend of making it a career in music.” At the age of 18, Carla managed to find the address of French guitarist Louis Bertignac , of the group Telephone, and became his girlfriend for a year before she jumped ship with Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger.  Later, Bertignac did the arrangement for Clara’s first two albums.  The door to the other renowned musicians and singers was wide open.

There is this Goldman who is in charge of organizing the very restrictive musical evenings of the “Enfoires”, (the crazies), and Carla made sure that Goldman introduces her into this privileged club.  From 1995 to 1997, Carla participated and sang for the exclusive “Restos du coeur“, which opened the doors to show-biz and popular singers.

In 1999, Carla charmed Julien Clerc (Femmes, je vous aime…) who presented her to his agent Bertrand de Labbey. Carla, the song writer, sent Julien 5 anonymous songs by fax, among them “Si j’etais elle“.

Carla admitted that she got her inspiration when she was in love with philosopher Raphael Enthoven, ten years younger and for 10 years her boyfriend, and with whom she had a son Aurelien.  Enthoven introduced Carla to the circles of the French intellectuals and journalists who promoted Carla’s image extensively.

Music critics for the magazine “Les Inrockuptibles“, Pierre Siankowski reported:”Carla knew the right button to press in the music industry: She knew exactly who to seduce”

Carla opted for the independent music house Naive to produce her albums.  Naive was very honored and Carla was treated as Queen instead of another singer.  The third album “Comme si de rien...” was not a success, but receive worldwide coverage as current First Lady.  Jean-Louis Murat wrote a song for Carla and let her add her voice to three songs of his album “Mockba” in 2005.

In 2009, Carla wanted to try an actress career in movies, but this time around she was not as patient and thorough as in her two previous career.  She asked Woody Allen, as he was receiving la “Legion d’honneur” in the Elysee, that she wanted to be in his next movie.  In fact, Woody kept his word in 2010, but Carla had to re-shoot 35 times a scene that didn’t involve any talk:  She kept looking at the camera, as she learned to do in modeling, but acting is a different story and techniques.

Note: Article extracted from a chapter in the French book “Carla: A secret life” by Besmat Lahouri


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