Amy Winehouse’s father has said a new exhibition exploring his daughter’s creative heritage will highlight the “positive” aspects of her life and “dispel” the negative narratives surrounding her.
Amy: Beyond the Stage at the London Design Museum is the first major retrospective of the British soul singer and marks 10 years since her death.
It explores her origins as a musical artist in north London, her unique sense of fashion and her stage presence through archive photographs, outfits, video recordings and more.
In a speech at the opening, Mitch Winehouse said: “Everything in the past has been about the negative side of Amy. You will never see or hear about her positivity and all the amazing things she did.
“This exhibition removes all that and banishes it basically over there somewhere. This is positive, it’s wonderful, it’s immersive, it’s colorful, it’s informative.
“I have to say, if it was not my daughter, I would say it anyway – it’s one of the best shows I’ve been to and I go to a lot of shows. It’s fantastic.”
Winehouse, known for songs including Back To Black and Rehab, died of alcohol poisoning, aged 27, at his home in Camden, north London, on July 23, 2011.
The singer’s parents subsequently set up a fund in her memory, which helps young people suffering from addiction.
Former taxi driver and jazz singer Mitch said the show “proves how enduring Amy is and how much people still love her”.
He added: “We know tons of people are still buying her album. We have a film coming out next year, hopefully a Broadway show in 2025.
“So everyone is very excited, everyone still wants to talk about Amy, but they do not want to dwell on the bad things. They want to hear how Amy was as a child. They want to understand how she became who she was.
“I have to understand it because I do not even really understand how she got from there to there – and I’m her father and I was there.
“She wanted to do a lot of things in her bedroom behind the door. She came on vacation with us. I could hear her playing chords for what would become Back To Black. Then suddenly there’s Back To Black.”
Amy: Beyond The Stage opens Friday, November 26th.