Family, friends and fans are preparing to mark the first anniversary of the death of singer Amy Winehouse, through interviews, musical tributes and art.
July 23rd will mark the first anniversary of the 27 year old's death from alcohol poisoning, and those closest to her are getting ready for the solemn day. Her father Mitch has just published a book, "Amy, My Daughter" in which he talks about her struggles with drugs, alcohol and men. In an interview this week with CNN he says one of the things he wants people to know is that she did not commit suicide or OD on drugs, in fact he says the "Rehab" singer had been off drugs for 3 years before she died. And he says she didn't drink in the 6 weeks leading up to her death, "That's even more difficult to deal with. That's a typical pattern of someone moving toward total abstinence. She was on the course for full recovery." He says dealing with his loss is still very difficult, "You take every day as it comes. You're in recovery. You're never fully recovered." He admits to The Independent that he has contacted psychics and spiritualists and believes he has made contact with his daughter. "I wish it had been me who died and not my daughter." "We miss Amy terribly and that's never going to…" "You can help all the kids all around the world but it's never going to take that [grief] away."
Amy's mother Janis has given an emotional interview to Britain's Hello Magazine saying, "There's a huge hole in my life – I used to speak to Amy every day." "Sometimes I wake up sobbing." She believe's Amy is still with her in spirit, "I'm pretty sure she has come back as a butterfly, because she would love the freedom of flying."
Her parents plan to mark the anniversary together with Jewish traditions like prayers and by lighting a memorial (Yaghrzeit) candle for her.
According to NME.com, a tribute poster of the singer by contemporary British artist Johan Andersson was put up July 9 at the Camden Town tube station near the home where she died so fans and commuters can remember her and her talent. It will remain there until July 23, the anniversary of her death.
poster of Amy Winehouse by artist Johann Andersson hanging in Camden Tube Station in London
Over the past year fellow musicians and friends have paid tribute to the 5 time Grammy winner through song. Coldplay did a slowed down version of her biggest hit "Rehab", George Michael covered "Love is a Losing Game" the last single she released before she died, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine gave a tribute at the VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul concert last December by singing "Back to Black", Bruno Mars paid tribute at the MTV Video Music Awards with his rendition of "Valerie" and Adele told her audience “I was so inspired by her, and she never took it seriously just how inspired I was by her,” before she dedicated Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” to the late singer. Idolator.com has posted videos of some of the musical tributes on the website.
We haven't heard the last of Amy Winehouse, her father Mitch says there is one and maybe two posthumous albums in the works with unreleased material she recorded while making her last album Lioness:Hidden Treasures that came out after her death.