Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse and the Romantic view of the artist

That sad news about Amy Winehouse has reminded me of the sadder side of discovering the career of Steve Winwood. It was realising how many of his collaborators of the sixties and seventies, from Jimi Hendrix down, died ridiculously young.

It makes you wonder if the idea, which goes back to the Romantics, that an artist should be an alienated and self-destructive figure has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

1 comment:

wolfi said...

Re: Steve Winwood

Jonathan, did you get that from the Independent ?

My Fantasy Band: Ronnie Vannucci, The Killers/Big Talk
Friday, 22 July 2011

and from the 15th "Rumer" - Fantasy Band with Steve on the Hammond ...

Vocals - Steve Winwood