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UK Jewish Museum explores the real Amy Winehouse

  • An exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    An exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • An exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    An exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Clothes that used to belong to Amy Winehouse are seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Clothes that used to belong to Amy Winehouse are seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • An exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    An exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • A guitar that used to belong to Amy Winehouse is seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A guitar that used to belong to Amy Winehouse is seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Stage passes  and photographs are seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Stage passes and photographs are seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Stage passes  and photographs are seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Stage passes and photographs are seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • ARCHIV: Die britische Saengerin Amy Winehouse verlaesst das Westminster Gericht in London (Grossbritannien) (Foto vom 24.07.09). Die britische Saengerin Amy Winehouse ist gestorben. Die 27-Jaehrige wurde tot in ihrer Londoner Wohnung gefunden, wie der britische Sender Sky News am Samstag (23.07.11) unter Berufung auf die Polizei berichtete. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/dapd

    ARCHIV: Die britische Saengerin Amy Winehouse verlaesst das Westminster Gericht in London (Grossbritannien) (Foto vom 24.07.09). Die britische Saengerin Amy Winehouse ist gestorben. Die 27-Jaehrige wurde tot in ihrer Londoner Wohnung gefunden, wie der britische Sender Sky News am Samstag (23.07.11) unter Berufung auf die Polizei berichtete. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/dapd

  • An exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • An exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • Clothes that used to belong to Amy Winehouse are seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • An exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • A guitar that used to belong to Amy Winehouse is seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • Stage passes  and photographs are seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • Stage passes  and photographs are seen at an exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" in London's Jewish Museum, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva. She was, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent." It includes a trove of items from the singer's London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music _ from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award. By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a star, a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • ARCHIV: Die britische Saengerin Amy Winehouse verlaesst das Westminster Gericht in London (Grossbritannien) (Foto vom 24.07.09). Die britische Saengerin Amy Winehouse ist gestorben. Die 27-Jaehrige wurde tot in ihrer Londoner Wohnung gefunden, wie der britische Sender Sky News am Samstag (23.07.11) unter Berufung auf die Polizei berichtete. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/dapd

Amy Winehouse seemed to live in public, but her fans never knew the private person.

An exhibition at London’s Jewish Museum aims to reveal an intimate side to a troubled star who was also, in the words of her older brother Alex, “simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent.”

“Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” brings together items from the late singer’s London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music – from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award.

By the time she died in 2011 at the age of 27, Winehouse was a larger-than-life figure whose battles with drugs and alcohol, splashed across front pages around the world, sometimes seemed to overshadow her talent. The exhibition shows that she was also a young woman who loved music, loved London and loved her family.

“It’s a story that people don’t know about Amy, her family story,” museum Chief Executive Abigail Morris said yesterday. “You can forget there’s a person behind the hype.”

Morris said the show was a natural for the Jewish Museum. Winehouse came from a close-knit Jewish family, and the museum is in Camden, the neighborhood where the singer lived for most of her adult life – where she saw gigs and played them, browsed in second-hand record stores and drank in pubs.

Assembled with help from Alex Winehouse and his wife Riva, the exhibition grew from the Winehouse family’s offer to donate one of Amy’s dresses. It expanded into a celebration of her Jewish roots, her family and her home city.

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