Camden’s Jewish Museum Stages Intimate Homage to Local Heroine Amy Winehouse

Camden’s Jewish Museum Stages Intimate Homage to Local Heroine Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse. Photographer unknown
(© The Winehouse family)

The Jewish Museum in Camden, North London, together with Amy Winehouse’s brother Alex, are curating an exhibition dedicated to a lesser-known aspect of the tragic diva’s trajectory.

“Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” is set to be a fan’s paradise. It will gather a slew of never-before-shown material, including family photographs, music paraphernalia, records, and some of the clothes that contributed to Winehouse’s iconic style.

The show, which opens on July 3rd, will also explore the singer’s Jewish origins, and the impact this cultural background had on her life. “Being Jewish to me is about being together as a real family,” Winehouse said. “It’s not about lighting candles and saying a brocha.”

Winehouse’s paternal ancestors came from Belarus in the late 19th century and they settled in the traditional Jewish area of East London. Although the singer herself grew up in Southgate, North London, she remained a regular visitor of the East End, even after she moved to her adopted home of Camden Town.

“Amy was someone who was incredibly proud of her Jewish­-London roots,” said Alex Winehouse, co-curator of the exhibition. “Whereas other families would go to the seaside on a sunny day, we'd always go down to the East End. We weren't religious, but we were traditional. I hope, in this most fitting of places, that the world gets to see this other side not just to Amy, but to our typical Jewish family.”

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, July 3 – September 2013, Jewish Museum, London