Instead, he urges us all need to take a good hard look at ourselves as a society for clicking on sleazy sensationalist stories that support the current freak show media mentality. 

“They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no”

In this interview Nick Shymansky, who is the inspiration for the “they” in the smash hit “Rehab,” tells us a bit more about Amy Winehouse, the diminutive singer who’s star burned brightly for too short a time. We were going to edit this interview, but decided to give it to you in it’s entirety. Nick Shymansky tells us in not so many words that we are all culpable for turning a blind eye to the real story behind the star.

Nick met Amy Winehouse when she was 16, and worked as her manager between 1999 and 2006. Together they released her debut album, Frank, in 2003. He now works as senior A&R manager at Island Records. Nick was in Austin to promote the new movie AMY, a moving documentary that is a must see.  It tells of  Amy Winehouse’s meteoric rise to fame, and the tragedy that befell “an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist.” – Tony Bennett

AMY, Asif Kapadia’s stunning and intimate portrait of Amy Winehouse, got off to an explosive start at the box office the July 4th weekend. The film garnered $222,500 from just 6 screens for a per screen average of $37,083, by far the highest among all releases over the weekend and one of the highest limited debuts of the year.  With these early domestic sales, AMY is looking to be one of the biggest documentaries of the last decade.

AMY has been enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike with an incredible 97% positive rank on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience approval rating to match.  The film will expand nationwide this coming weekend.


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They tried to make me go to rehab but I said, ‘No, no, no.’
Yes, I’ve been black but when I come back you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time and if my daddy thinks I’m fine
He’s tried to make me go to rehab but I won’t go, go, go



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