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Amy Winehouse Statue Unveiled in London

By Anne Cohen

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Amy Winehouse can once again be seen hanging around Camden, north London.

A life-size bronze statue of the late singer was unveiled on Sunday, three years after the Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning, on what would have been her 31st birthday.

Her father, Mitch Winehouse, called on all her fans to join in on the ceremony:

The statue, designed by artist Scott Eaton, immortalizes Winehouse in a short, strapless dress, with a Star of David necklace around her neck, and a real red rose tucked into her signature beehive hairstyle.

“It’s a day of incredibly mixed emotions,” Mitch told The Guardian. “They don’t put statues up for people who are with us anymore so it reinforces the fact that physically she’s gone but spiritually she’ll never leave us. I feel sad, very, very sad. We shouldn’t be here but we are, this is the reality and we’ve just got to make the most of it. So this statue is part of making the most of it. Getting people to come here, spend some time with Amy and put a flower in her hair and remember her in a very positive way. That for me is wonderful.”

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Life-Size Amy Winehouse Statue Coming to London

By JTA

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A life-size bronze statue of late British Jewish singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse will be erected in the London neighborhood where she lived.

Winehouse, known for hits like 2006′s Grammy Award-winning “Back to Black,” died at age 27 of alcohol poisoning in 2011.

The statue will stand in a market in London’s Camden neighborhood, close to where she died. It will show Winehouse leaning against a wall with her hand on her hip and will go up on Sept. 14, which would have been her 31st birthday.

“Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her hometown forever,” Winehouse’s father Mitch said, according to a Thursday report in the Telegraph, a British daily. “Amy was in love with Camden, and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area.”

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Amy Winehouse Parents Slam Hubby for 'Disrespect'

By Anne Cohen

Amy Winehouse’s parents aren’t too happy with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil’s decision to give an interview at the late singer’s grave at Edgwarebury Lane Cemetery in Edgware, North London.

To make matters worse, he failed to wear a kippah.

“To film beside a grave shows total disrespect. I want nothing to do with this,” Janis Winehouse told the Jewish Chronicle. “He is entitled to visit the grave, he disrespects our religion by not covering his head, and as for an interview in a sacred place that disgusts me”

“He is entitled to grieve but please, not in public three years too late.”

Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, took to Twitter in shock:

In the interview, Fielder-Civil admitted he feels guilty about Winehouse’s death: “I feel responsible for her death. There’s lots of reasons why it’s taken me so long to visit. I was scared to come.”

The “Back to Black” singer died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011. She was 27.

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Sorry Guys, No Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour

By Jana Banin

(JTA) — If you thought rumors of a concert tour featuring a hologram version of the late Amy Winehouse seemed too good to be true — or perhaps creepy — you would be correct.

Last week, the UK newspaper The Sun reported that billionaire Alki David was planning to use 3-D computer technology plus an orchestra to bring the singer back to the stage.

The same high-tech method was used to resurrect murdered rapper Tupac Shakur for the Coachella festival in 2012. Unfortunately for Winehouse fans, her dad, Mitch, who controls her image, made it very clear on Twitter they won’t get to watch her perform “live” anytime soon.

Sorry, guys.

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Amy Winehouse Statue Unveiling Postponed

By Anne Cohen

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Residents of Camden, in north London, eagerly awaiting to set eyes on a life-sized bronze statue of Amy Winehouse will just have to wait a little longer.

The unveiling of the memorial to the late British soul singer has been postponed after her father, Mitch Winehouse, vetoed the final design by artist Scott Eaton, E!Online reported.

The singer’s former boyfriend Reg Traviss told the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday that Winehouse wanted his daughter’s effigy to be perfect before the public laid eyes on it.

“He doesn’t want anything to go up that he’s not completely satisfied with. But obviously it’s never going to look exactly like her,” Traviss told the paper.

The statue will be positioned outside the Roundhouse, a performing arts and concern venue.

The “Rehab” sensation was found dead at age 27 on July 23, 2011, the result of accidental alcohol poisoning.

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Orthodox Pop Star Giggles About the Internet

By Nathan Jeffay

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He may have got the world hooked on the latest web browser, but don’t go to Alex Clare for website recommendations.

The hit British-Jewish recording artist and one-time boyfriend of Amy Winehouse provided the music for commercials for the latest Internet Explorer with his song Too Close. But asked about his taste in websites by the British television show Freshly Squeezed all he really managed to come up with us Sporting Fish. “There’s a diary of angler on there which is fascinating, it’s very good… he takes photos of the fish he caught,” Clare enthuses.

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Winehouse House To Sell for $4.2 Million

By Margaret Eby

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The London pad where the late songstress Amy Winehouse lived is on the market, priced at a cool $4.2 million. The sprawling three-bedroom house in swanky Camden, where Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning last July, had become an impromptu memorial site for the pop star. Winehouse’s grieving fans traveled to the home to leave tributes outside.

According to the New York Post, Winehouse’s father, Mitch, was originally going to convert the house into a center for The Amy Winehouse Foundation, but the location proved inconvenient. Winehouse’s fans have been vocal in their outrage against her father for cashing in on his daughter’s fame so soon after her death. Mitch Winehouse protested on Twitter that the property cost too much to maintain. “Some of you are being stupid,” he wrote, “It costs £25,000 per month to keep house and security.”

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Amy Winehouse Blood Painting Up for Auction

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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An art piece made by the late singer Amy Winehouse — using her own blood — will be auctioned off at the Cob Gallery in London. The self-portrait, titled “Ladylike,” is part of a collection by Pete Doherty, called “On Blood,” which was on view at the gallery earlier this year.

Doherty, known primarily as co-frontman for The Libertines, as well as for his membership in indie band Babyshambles, is also a visual artist. It has been reported that he was very close with Winehouse, and that he invited her to create an artwork with him. “Amy was on the phone to her dad when she did that [painting]. She said, ‘Dad, I’m with Pete and he’s making me draw with my blood!’ He didn’t like me much, her dad,” Doherty told The Independent in February. The Shmooze can’t imagine why.

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If Not Illegal Drugs, Then What Killed Amy Winehouse?

By Renee Ghert-Zand

While some are still trying to determine whether Amy Winehouse was a nice Jewish girl or not, others are continuing to engage in ongoing speculation as to the cause of the late singer’s death in July.

Rather than putting minds at ease, Winehouse’s family’s announcement yesterday that tests showed that there were no illegal substances found in her body is fueling even further debate about why she died. And we can expect every expert — not to mention pseudo-expert — to be putting forth his or her forensic theory until the formal cause of death is released to the public in October.

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Amy Winehouse’s Dad Releases Album of Inoffensive Jazz Hits

By Michael Kaminer

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Don’t expect any onstage meltdowns or messy arrests from this Winehouse.

Amy’s father Mitch, a former sales consultant who became a London cabbie late in life, is releasing an album of “lovely but forgotten jazz and swing hits,” according to the New York Times.

Winehouse pére tells the Times he “taught Amy to sing when she was a baby… And when her first album came out, and she was doing shows, she would get me onstage to do a couple of songs, and it’s always great fun.” The album, he says, was Amy’s idea. “‘You know what, Dad? You have to make an album.’ I said, ‘Are you crazy?’ And she said, ‘No, you have a great voice, this is terrific,’” he told the Times. After Amy Winehouse’s well-publicized flameouts, father and daughter put the project “on the back burner. Then she got better, and we decided to give it a go.”

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Wino Loves Her ‘VaJew-Jew’

By Laura Sinberg

And under the category of Too Much Information, we have Amy Winehouse talking about her vagina, or as she calls it, her VaJew-Jew. The troubled singer was tapped to back a campaign launched by the alternative feminine hygiene product Mooncup, which is aiming to create a dialogue about women’s lady parts.

Mooncup, an a reusable silicon menstrual cup, is asking women to log onto www.loveyourvagina.com to nickname their, well, vaginas.

“We think it deserves some love, especially when you think how much love and attention you lavish on your hair, nails, teeth and skin,” the Web site states.

Winehouse responded to the survey, saying, “I call it my little VaJew-Jew.”

Riiiiight. Because we wanted to know that.

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