Behind-the-star Life of Amy Winehouse Goes on Display in London
By Staff Reporter | Jul 03, 2013 11:32 AM EDT
An exhibit on Amy Winehouse in London aims to throw a little more light on the behind-the-scenes life of the deceased singer. Hosted at the Jewish Museum in Camden, the exhibition titled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" received the inputs of her family, with a notable contribution by her brother Alex Winehouse.
On display are CDs, books, clothes, shoes, photographs and even fridge magnets which belonged to Amy Winehouse. The CDs include albums by The Velvet Underground, the Drifters and Teena Marie, and some of the books in her possession were "Kingdom of Fear" by Hunter S Thompson, 30 years of collected correspondence between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, and a Big Book of Quick Crosswords.
"Every time I go around there is something else that catches me. It is a really honest exhibition and you get a sense of the real person - as well as being a big, famous icon she was from a very strong, loving family and that really comes across," Abigail Morris, chief executive of the museum, told The Guardian.
Alex Winehouse contributed touching captions for the pieces in the exhibit - one of them is about a "Snoopy" book Amy Winehouse stole from him when they were children and that he now carries around with him. Elizabeth Selby, the curator, said that Alex Winehouse's memories of his sister really help to bring the exhibition together. "You get a sense of a very strong brother-and-sister relationship that's very typical - it is very affectionate but also perhaps they sometimes didn't get on," she explained.
Throughout her music career till her death two years ago at the age of 27, Amy Winehouse was often in the headlines for more than her music. "We wanted to show Amy in a slightly different light to how she has been perceived in the media," said Selby, referring to the singer's well-known struggles with substance abuse.
According to her brother, Amy Winehouse was incredibly proud of her Jewish-London roots. "We weren't religious, but we were traditional. I hope, in this most fitting of places, that the world gets to see this other side not just to Amy, but to our typical Jewish family," he said.