The BBC has released previously unseen footage of Amy Winehouse. The unreleased footage of Winehouse was made available on the BBC’s online iPlayer service on Monday June 22 and offers a “heartbreaking glimpse” into Amy’s troubled life. According to the BBC, the footage, titled Amy Winehouse: In Her Own Words, features interviews and sessions that Amy recorded for the broadcaster before her death in 2011.
Music News reports that the footage shows extracts from interviews Winehouse gave to the BBC as well as rare and unseen footage of Amy in session for the BBC and even some rare footage from Glastonbury in 2004 and 2007. The footage includes a video of Amy singing “Love Is A Losing Game,” which shows that even when Winehouse was at her most troubled her talent shone through.
Winehouse died in July 2011 from alcohol poisoning, Amy was just 27-years-old. Winehouse’s struggles with drink and drugs were well documented and she even drew attention to her problems in songs like “Rehab” and “Back To Black.” The Mirror reports that a clip of film from 2007 shows Winehouse giving a clear insight into her troubled mind.
Amy says “I’d say to sing soul, I think you have to have grit, you have to be able to see through the world, you have to be able to be withdrawn sometimes and you have to be able to be your own best friend as well as your own worst enemy.”
Winehouse discusses her inspirations and the relationships that lent anguish to her deeply personal lyrics.
“I’ve been through times where I’ve been so [messed] up that I’ve had to just write everything down – even feelings I don’t want to acknowledge.
“It’s good, because someone else might hear that and be like ‘I’m not an idiot for feeling them things.'”
Winehouse talks about her destructive relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil, the inspiration for “Back To Black.” Amy reveals that splitting up with Fielder-Civil led to her spending her time shooting pool and getting drunk. Amy even says that at times she got so drunk that she had to be “carried home in a wheelbarrow.”
The Independent reports that BBC Music editor James Stirling announced the release of the Winehouse footage.
He said, “We’re honored to pay tribute to Amy with a program featuring exclusive unseen and rare footage from her performances at the BBC. Amy wrote smart, sad, soulful and original pop songs that became instant classics and inspired a generation.”
The Amy Winehouse footage is available now on the BBC’s iPlayer.
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