Amy Winehouse’s Dad Writes Tell-All Memoir

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Less than three months following the death of 27-year-old Amy Winehouse, the Grammy Award-winning singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, has announced his plans to write a memoir about his famous daughter. The book, titled Amy, My Daughter, is slated for release in July 2012 by It Books (a division of HarperCollins).

Not surprisingly, fans were quick to criticize Mitch for penning a tell-all so soon after Amy’s untimely death – the singer had a long battle with substance abuse – and many claim he’s just looking for his moment in the spotlight. Mitch, however, said in a statement, “I feel that I need to write this book to tell the true story of Amy and to help with my personal recovery.”

Mitch, a taxi driver, also turned to Twitter to defend himself, writing that the book “will help 000’s of kids with the money raised” (all proceeds from the book will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which helps children and young adults facing adversity). He later tweeted: “I also need to write the book as a part of my recovery. For those people that don’t like it. Tough!”

According to The Bookseller, Mitch’s book will cover off Amy’s childhood, her rise to fame and her very public struggle with addiction. “I believe that, through Amy’s music, her foundation and this book, her name will live forever,” he said.