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  Amy, 27  
 
 

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Reviews of Amy, 27

published in the USA as

27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse

'This fine study looks at the tragic history of the 27 Club ... Much of the book’s power lies in its refusal to pander to the romantic-melancholy notion of the tortured young artist who lives fast and dies young. Instead the squalor and chaos of their everyday existence is exposed in uncompromising detail ... This book is not about more rock star mythologizing. It's about skewering the mystery of the 27-connection, by exposing its all-too-tragic reality.' - Sunday Times (UK)

'Sounes's masterstroke is to unearth forensic levels of detail on his subjects ... he's best of all on the subject that clearly fascinates him: the relationship between Amy Winehouse and her father.' - the Times (UK)

‘… a gruesomely enjoyable read.' - the Spectator (UK)

‘…a meticulously researched corrective that spares none of the squalid truth and should, if there’s any justice, put paid to decades of ill-informed mythologizing [about the 27 Club].’ - Montreal Gazette

‘In his latest pop-cultural study, Sounes offers a stern corrective to the adage that it’s better to burn out than to fade away … A compelling examination of the effects of sudden fame on mentally fragile artists.’ – Kirkus Reviews

'The main challenge for Howard Sounes with Amy, 27 is to tell the readers something they don't know while making the book's various storylines cohere. Thanks to his painstaking research and skilful writing, he succeeds. The book's main subject is the short, turbulent life and final days of British singer Amy Winehouse, but it also dedicates plenty of space to the comparable tales of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, all of whom, like Winehouse, died at 27.' - Toronto Star (Canada)

'The lives and deaths of these iconic legends make for gripping reading as told by Sounes ... the most comprehensive debunking of the 27 Club to date. It's a worthy addition to any rock-music library. ' - Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)

'The 27 Club is the exclusive members-only society that music stars don't want to join. Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones all died aged 27 and the biographer Howard Sounes uses this unhappy coincidence as a way of recounting Winehouse's short life and looking at the rock-star trajectory that brought them all to a premature end ... Recommend[ed].' - New Statesman (UK)

‘Sounes mixes biography with investigative journalism, social science and rock history into a work that [is] engrossing [and] especially incisive when it comes to dispatching the conspiracy theories built around many of these deaths.’ - Publishers Weekly

‘… puts the existing cut-and-paste biographies [of Winehouse] to shame. Despite resistance from the singer’s inner circle, numerous friends and colleagues are interviewed, including her notorious ex-boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil, myths debunked and facts unearthed …It’s a painfully thorough tale of wasted potential: she fell out of love with her own talent.’ – the Observer

‘With frequent references to literature throughout, this book assumes a mythological quality.’ – Irish Examiner

 

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