Amy Winehouse: Arte honors the soul queen today on the 10th anniversary of her death

The album “Back To Black” made Amy Winehouse a world star and brought her a fame that the singer and songwriter never intended. On the occasion of the anniversary of her death, Arte shows a worth seeing documentation about the creation of “Back To Black”.

With her incredible voice and her authentic songs, Amy Winehouse inspired and moved millions of people. At the same time, the exceptional British singer and songwriter caused a sensation with excessive alcohol and drugs and eventually became a tragic figure. She died much too early on July 23, 2011. On the day she died, the TV broadcaster Arte is showing the documentary “Amy Winehouse: Back To Black”. She dedicates herself to the creation of her second and last album, which made her a world star.

“The album is called” Back To Black “because it is about the end of a relationship and the gap to what you knew before,” explains Winehouse in a good mood in one of the many archive recordings of the film from 2018, which is now on television for the first time runs. The musician refers to her complicated relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil, who later became her husband. She was the inspiration for singles like “Tears Dry on Their Own” or the melancholy ballad “Love Is A Losing Game”.

The creation of “Rehab” and “Back to Black”

The British star producer Mark Ronson, one of the producers of the album, talks about the recordings with Winehouse in his New York studio, which were captured on video. You can see the singer in her casual look and hear her singing without instruments – this stunning voice. “It was probably the fastest album I’ve ever worked on,” says Ronson. Winehouse wrote the songs “Rehab” and “Back To Black” in just three days in his apartment.

The other half of the album was made in Miami with US producer Salaam Remi, who was responsible for the first Winehouse album “Frank” and was on friendly terms with the Winehouse. Just like Ronson, he explains the genesis of the songs without getting too technical. Sound engineer Tom Elmhirst and many musicians involved also tell little anecdotes in the almost one-hour film from Eagle Rock’s “Classic Albums” series, for example about a whistling tea kettle that can be heard on the recordings.

Friends and companions report

Since music and private life can hardly be separated at Amy Winehouse, friends of the musician and companions like her first manager Nick Shymansky have their say. “Your texts were like a page from your diary,” says Shymansky in the entertaining documentary. “She was very honest with how she felt at the time.”

The exceptional singer with the beehive hairstyle and distinctive make-up gives the best insight into her soul and her working methods in the many scenes from the archive. “The more insecure I am, the bigger my hairstyle has to be,” says Winehouse. And about the songwriting: “I just sit down and let it out.”

“Back To Black” sold 16 million copies and is the second best-selling album in Great Britain after Adele’s “21”. It earned Amy Winehouse five Grammys. In the months before her death, however, the restless musicians were tired of their hit album. Instead of singing the same songs all the time, she wanted to work on new music. There was no longer a third album.

Das „Classic Albums“-Feature zu „Back to Black“ by Amy Winehouse can be seen in the Arte media library and will also be shown on linear TV on the tenth anniversary of the soul queen’s death: From 22.45 the one-hour music documentary is running, followed by the concert recording “Amy Winehouse: Live at Shepherd’s Bushfrom 10.45 p.m. (dpa / rws)


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