Russell Brand, who famously battled addiction for years, wrote a long and touching blog about his friend Amy Winehouse -- whom he called both a genius and a junkie.Russell says he finally conquered his addiction at the age of 27, the same age Amy was when she passed away.To me with my limited musical knowledge this information placed Amy beyond an invisible boundary of relevance; "Jazz singer? I chatted to her anyway though, she was after all, a girl, and she was sweet and peculiar but most of all vulnerable.I was myself at that time barely out of rehab and was thirstily seeking less complicated women so I barely reflected on the now glaringly obvious fact that Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction.But tragically the 27-year-old was found dead after suffering an asthma attack last year.His last ever tweet proved he was always focused on making himself a success – it was a nod towards his company's new home broadband network.The Hit Parade was a blasted heath, the Top 40 a battlefield strewn with casualties of the clashes between labels and artists, between reality and the supposedly alternative wave, between new stars coming to the end of their 15 minutes and golden oldies endlessly resetting the clock on theirs.
calling her voice "entirely human yet laced with the divine." : For Amy When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they've had enough, that they're ready to stop, ready to try something new."She is an amazing, great talent and despite what all the papers say she is a great role model for people."I don't think the drugs and the drink and all that make a scrap of difference, really.I think you should judge people on their talent and on that level she's up there, a major talent."Winehouse is reported to be fighting addiction to cocaine, crack and heroin and concern for her health grew when she cancelled concerts in August because of "severe exhaustion".In addition to her Mobo award nominations, she is also a contender for best female at the Vodafone Live Music Awards, also taking place tonight.Mitch Winehouse has slammed fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier for the couture fashion collection which was inspired by Mitch's late daughter, Amy Winehouse.We all know tweets can be about the most trivial of matters, whether it's talking about the football, taking a photo of your lunch, or complaining about the British weather.