7 Things Amy Winehouse's Documentary Trailer Taught Us About The Iconic Singer

It's been nearly four years since Amy Winehouse passed away. The music industry and her fans mourn the loss of her immense talent. She was a uniquely gifted artist who had an otherworldly spirit. Sadly, as the trailer for the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy shows, her sudden climb to fame was a major reason for her problems with addiction and alcoholism. She passed away on July 23, 2011 due to alcohol poisoning and, though the many were quick to blame her rebellious public persona, the documentary reminds all of us that she was a real human being. The trailer shows rare footage of Winehouse as a young woman talking about her aspirations, and what inspired her to make music. The results are stunning and heartbreaking.

There is no official release date for the film, but there is no doubt that the film will certainly capture audiences. According to director Asif Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees, “Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell... But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and her precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.”

Here's what we learned about Winehouse from this new trailer.

She Sang for Herself, Rather than For a Career

The young Winehouse commented, "Singing has always been important to me, but I never thought that I would be a singer."

Her Music Came From a Very Deep Place in Her Soul


When asked about why she made music, she explained, "I felt like I had nothing new that was coming out at the time that really represented me or the way I felt. So, you know I started writing."

Her Lyrics Really Were Autobiographical


"I won't write anything unless it's directly personal to me just because I wouldn't be able to tell the story right."

She Never Wanted to Sing in Order to Become Famous


A surprisingly sheepish Winehouse commented, "I'm not a girl trying to be a star or trying to be anything other than a musician."

She Wasn't Prepared for How Much of a Star She Was Going to Become

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When asked, "How big do you think you're going to be," Winehouse responded, "I don't. I don't think I'm going to be at all famous."

She Knew She Couldn't Manage the Life of a Celebrity

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"I don't think I could handle it. I would probably go mad."

Her Rise to Fame Happened Very, Very Quickly

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And it seemed like the whirlwind was never going to end.

See the entire trailer below.

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