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Amy Winehouse

She was just 27 when she died. And though she only released two full albums in her life time, she had a huge impact on the music industry...and a new wave of young singers. Robert Harris profiles the undeniable Amy Winehouse.
Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, who had been attempting a comeback after battling drug and alcohol addiction, was found dead in her London home in July, 2011. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty)

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This summer, there are two much-talked-about Amys ... both playing in theatres near you. 

Amy Winehouse, the extraordinary jazz singer and songwriter who died tragically four years ago, is the subject of a new documentary called Amy.

Amy Shumer is the star and writer of Trainwreck, a first film appearance for the feminist stand-up comedian. She also appears on a controversial cover of GQ magazine.

The two Amys have a few things in common: they're of the same generation, on the cutting edge of their respective art forms. They both get their inspiration from their experiences as women. They're both Jewish and both have been very successful. You could say they are polar opposite images of women's experiences today: Amy Winehouse's is the tragic face, Amy Shumer's, the happy, comic one.

Amy, the documentary written and directed by Asif Kapadia is a poignant film that shines a light on the demons that still haunt many women today. By far the lesser work, Trainwreck tries to tailor Shumer's acidic comic style to a standard romantic comedy - with more or less success.

In September, 2011, a few months after her death, Robert Harris came in to the studio to talk to Michael Enright about Amy Winehouse. 

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