Amy Winehouse 'Back to Black' Documentary Offers Revealing Commentary From Mark Ronson, Salaam Remi & More

Amy Winehouse 'Back to Black' Documentary Offers Revealing Commentary From Mark Ronson, Salaam Remi & More


Amy Winehouse – Back to Black, the brand new documentary in regards to the making of the late singer’s 2006 breakthrough album, turns away from the tabloid points of her life — the suffocating paparazzi, contentious relationship with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil and her battle with medication and alcohol — to concentrate on her artistic genius. 

Of course, realizing how her story ends — Winehouse died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning at age 27, leaving her second album as her swan music — is inherently tragic. But that’s not how the movie — out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital on Nov. 2 from Eagle Vision’s Classic Albums division — approaches its topic. Instead, the album is thoughtfully dissected observe by observe by the folks concerned in its creation.

The hourlong doc opens with footage from Winehouse’s 2008 Grammy Awards look backed by the Dap-Kings. She received 5 awards that evening — a primary for a British girl — accepted satellite tv for pc from London after she was denied a visa into the U.S. But it then displays again on 2004 when Winehouse began work on the seminal album that went on to promote 16 million copies worldwide.

In recent interviews for the challenge, Back to Black producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, combine engineer Tom Elmhirst, and studio musicians from the Dap-Kings hear again to the songs and recall reminiscences of the writing and recording periods. The accounts are sometimes paired with intimate footage of Winehouse creating and singing within the studio, in addition to close-ups of her handwritten lyrics.

Winehouse’s finest buddy Juliette Ashby, goddaughter Dionne Bromfield, first supervisor Nick Shymansky and Island A&R government Darcus Beese (now president of Island Records U.S.) are additionally among the many interviewees. 

For the title observe, Winehouse reveals within the movie that on her break day she’d play pool all day within the pub and hearken to doo-wop and '60s Motown woman teams on the jukebox, which influenced her. Ronson says he was impressed by the music she performed him and got here up with the piano half for “Black to Black” and added the drums and tambourine. “She got here to the studio at midday and she or he was immediately, ‘Oh, cool. I like it. Let me go write one thing to it,’” he recollects.

“I didn’t actually query the lyrics,” he says. “The solely factor, as a producer, you assume every part ought to rhyme as a result of that’s pop construction, and I bear in mind when she confirmed me the refrain in ‘Back to Black’ — 'We solely mentioned goodbye in phrases/ I died a thousand occasions' — I used to be like, ‘Do you assume that’s bizarre? Should you modify it?’ She checked out me a little bit bit dumbfounded like, ‘Why would I modify it? That is what got here out. This is honesty on a chunk of paper.’”

There are equally fascinating tidbits for all of the songs. For “Love Is a Losing Game,” Ronson knew Winehouse hated strings, calling them “hammy” and “schlocky… So I type of did them, probably not behind her again however [thought], 'Let me do some strings behind her again [laughs] and perhaps she’ll prefer it,'” he says, because the music performs within the background. “She was listening to the combination for the primary time along with her head down on the desk for the entire music so I couldn’t learn her response after which she simply turned 'spherical [and said], ‘I like it.’”

As a bonus with the Back to Black making-of doc, Eagle Vision has added a beforehand unreleased live performance from the 2008 Grammy evening known as An Evening in London that Winehouse carried out for buddies, household and file execs at Riverside Studios.