Councillors in London have, after much deliberation, decided to let plans for an Amy Winehouse statue in Camden go ahead, but I think there is one good reason why they gave the passion project the nod.
Whilst her dad Mitch probably plans for the statue to commemorate her music, but did she really do enough to warrant a permanent tribute? Yes, she was an extremely talented musician, but she only ever recorded two albums in her brief time on Earth, with only the latter of the two really cementing her as one of the leading lights in British music.
Whilst I’m sure she would have released more great music, it was five years after the release of ‘Back TO Black’ that she passed away. For years the only reports we’d had about her music was her increasing inability to play it live, a truly sad state of affairs.
Instead, any monument put up in her name should go out as a warning to any up and coming musicians that have taken her success as an inspiration. It should give them an idea of the dangers of excess in the music world and the dangers of being consumed by a damaging relationship. Her fall from grace should be the guiding light for all those wanting to make it in the music world.
Thoughts that a tribute to her would glorify her lifestyle are simply misguided, as this statue will do the absolute opposite and remind them of the talented artist taken from the world by her own vices.
It might not be as her father intends it to be, but this role as a warning might prove to be the best reason for a Winehouse monument in London. If reminding others of her sad death can help people avoid a similar fate, then it really is worthy of the effort.