A life in lyrics – and sanctimony

As many on Twitter and Facebook have pointed out, the brilliant, troubled Amy Winehouse has joined the ’27 club’ of rock musicians who died at the tragically young age of 27. Its members include Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain, who sadly shared Amy’s lethal combination of remarkable talent and self-destructiveness. Amy’s official website now shows nothing but this lovely photo of her – a simple and fitting tribute http://www.amywinehouse.com/ 

Amy’s life is reflected in her lyrics, ‘Stronger than me’, ‘Back to Black’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and, unfortunately, ‘Rehab’, which has also been much mentioned in connection with her passing.

The combination of popular music and substance abuse is nothing new, but the number of postings with an ‘I told you so’ tone leads me to wonder whether social media has made people more sanctimonious and  judgemental? Or is the perceived anonymity of the internet simply bringing out the worst in people? 

 

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