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this is why we have YouTube: Amy Winehouse drunk in Belgrade

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Amy Winehouse drunk in Belgrade 2011

You know, you could make the following out to be a reason why we don’t need music criticism/journalism any more …

I disagree. I want to know more. The context, the reasons, what the crowd looked like, how many songs did she actually fuck up on (was this an aberration?), what the knock-on effects were, what the sound was like, how the band reacted, the mood backstage, what other songs she sang, whether this is the norm …

I really like Amy.

Even so, the above is a fairly compelling argument for why the Internet can be so fun. A few years back, we’d have had to rely on a few shocked word-of-mouth reports and tried to gauge for ourselves whether exaggeration was involved. Now we get to witness the car crashes without any of the unpleasant smells.

P.S. A former colleague has just picked up on that final paragraph. I wondered whether anyone would.

“‘ … whether exaggeration was involved’?” she quotes me. “You’re implying video can’t exaggerate or distort! Not sure about that…”

I wasn’t meaning to, actually – because I’m fully aware it can. Only the other weekend, on an Unconvention panel, I needed to remind someone that both photography and video can distort, if not downright lie. (This to someone who runs a video site, and should have known better. He was trying the old line that videoing something is somehow more ‘honest’ than writing about something.) I knew it was an ambivalent statement, and should have been expanded upon further, but my attention was distracted. I was writing the post while trying to put my two sons to bed.

Glad to have the opportunity to clarify.

Amy Winehouse R.I.P.

6 Responses to this is why we have YouTube: Amy Winehouse drunk in Belgrade

  1. Princess Stomper June 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Ah, I almost blogged about this last night, but then thought, “Oh, it’s too sad – too awful and too cruel” – and deleted my draft.

  2. Everett True June 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    “too awful and too cruel”

    … um …

  3. Princess Stomper June 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    To be fair, this post is the kindest I’ve seen so far.

  4. required June 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Maybe she was overpowered by the smell of 72 hour deoderant wafting off the crowd, or the glazed dead eyed stare of unrepentant genocideratti

  5. Commissioner Gordon June 21, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Wow, Amy’s been on a slow speed head on collision too long in her career.

    Someone needs to get a hold of her and check her into “Rehab” (no pun intended)

    What a great voice. I hope she can exorcise her demons and get well soon.

  6. teresa June 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Im sad this happened. I wasn’t supprised, hoping it would have been a great concert.
    Maybe Amy will look at herself and really go to rehab and save herself. I don’t think she meant to get so wasted, she has terrible problems. I hope she can recover, she was so great, before drugs.
    At 20 she amazed me, now Im afraid what I may read next.God bless her & give the concert goers their money back, plus expences, they said this was going to be a dry concert and lots of messures were taken so Amy would be sober. very sad, I really loved her talent we dont hear anymore.
    Maybe she should stop tring to perform.Take care of her self, I doubt she needs the money?

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