Amy Winehouse, RIP
What is the philosophy of Rock N’ Roll? “Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse” actually pre-dated the Rock music era. Neil Young said, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” But John Derek lived to his seventies, and Neil Young is still going.
Amy Winehouse would have been better served to listen to the other Neil Young classic, “The Needle and the Damage Done.” When death came for her, was there any surprise? The ending was anti-climactic. If not for the reality-TV culture where we now know every aspect of celebrities’ lives she might have fallen like Icarus in Pieter Bruegel’s painting.
We’re reminded that for all of her celebrity, she had one very good album of ten songs and a debut album that was decent, according to critics. She was more famous for her terrible addictions and personal misadventures than her art. Whatever demons drove her to the grave provided some inspiration for her art, but what was the cost? She had all the world, fame, fortune, and in gaining it she lost her soul.
The Washington Post notes her passing as if it was on a scale of losing several other pop music legends (coincidentally at the age of 27), including Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones.
The presence of Jones on the list is a reminder of rock music’s cruelest joke. Living the Rock N Roll lifestyle only has one survivor, and that’s Keith Richards. Count Winehouse as the rule, not the exception, and a cautionary tale.
Let us pray that she is finally rid of the demons that tortured her in life. Rest in Peace.