"She died at the beginning of her story."

Winehouse is the sound of when you decide to f--- your life up -- the day you make the decision to fall in love with the wrong person, get pissed, get high. It's the sound of someone incredibly funny and charismatic and talented setting fire to themselves. But with swagger. She came from that school that believes you put a chunk of yourself -- blood, guts, tears, mad hair -- into a record. It's so common, in the early years of creativity, to think you can only summon up the requisite heat by burning yourself up.

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