Amy Winehouse – Live At Hove Festival, 2007 – Nights At The Roundtable: Concert Edition

Amy Winehouse - tragic figure relegated to "might've been" status.

Amy Winehouse – tragic figure relegated to “might’ve been” status.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Amy Winehouse – live At Hove Festival 2007 – NRK Radio

I’m not sure if enough time has passed since the tragic and premature death of Amy Winehouse to start looking back on her career. It was astonishingly short, having arrived and peaked within a period of less than five years, with the remaining years mired in drama and tragedy; ending in death in 2011 at 27 of alcohol poisoning. It certainly goes along with the mythic “rock stars dying at 27″ syndrome. But Amy Winehouse wasn’t a Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix – she was a very good and talented singer, who had the gift of blending genres together and coming out with something appealing and original, or at least very reminiscent of the best R&B of the 1960s. But one-of-a-kind she wasn’t – and maybe the real tragedy was not being around long enough to discover what she could really do; how she could have evolved and, coming out the other end of the string of tragedies which eventually brought her down, what would she have been like with a clear view on life.

We’ll never know.

All you can do is turn up this concert from the 2007 Hove Festival in Norway and wonder.

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