The Recurrence of Amy Winehouse

A sad headline kept repeating itself on the World Wide Web the other day:  “Amy Winehouse Found Dead In Her North London Flat,” “Amy Winehouse Dies at Age 27,” “Amy Winehouse Found Dead,” “Amy Winehouse Announced Dead of Unknown or Unnatural Causes.”  After less than 30 years of life, and a handful of hit albums and concerts to her name, one of the biggest up and coming young artists of the UK has drawn her last breath and sung her last song as she now lays dead forever!  I can also feel for the devastated friends and family of the late entertainer.  However, it has almost become a cliche!  Like Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimmy Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy and various other artists and entertainers before them, high levels of talent and creativity seem to coincide with lives of chaos, turbulence as well as an early death by an illegal substance.  Along with the consistent bouts of eating disorders, mental woes, drug and alcohol addictions, brushes with the law, or toxic romances and parasitic friendships, it’s almost as if the last criteria for being a true “Who’s Who” in the entertainment industry is to also be hopelessly ravaged!

But is that really the case among those actors, dancers, singers and rock-and-rollers who have instead traded a life of health and normality – and monotony – for one that is glorious and sick?  While they always say “don’t generalize,” are there no healthy and happy stars out there, just as there are also at least a few mentioned cases of seemingly more “normal” and obscure people who are themselves leading miserable, f–ked up lives?  Or do the tabloids simply focus on the percentage of “immortals” who are poorly adjusted, in dire straits, or have simply been found guilty of making their boner of the week because it’s all actually what the public wants to read?

On a similar note, are they also equally reluctant to mention our friends, family and neighbors who could in fact be struggling in the same quagmire, since they are “nobodies,” “not gods at all” and of positively no interest to all the other muggles out there who would instead rather hear about some real juicy gossip?  And are all the more normal people in the world in fact better adjusted, happier with life, and as a reimbursement for being more ordinary and boring people, allowed to to live a more boring as well as healthier existence?  (Take THAT you God-forsaken nobody you!)  But the point still remains: Celebrities are supposed to be people too!  (Allegedly….)

Whatever the truth may be, and whatever has been really going on up there, we just keep on hearing the same gut wrenching tale of yet another Amy Winehouse.  Rest in peace?

>>> Michael Bok, co-founder of

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