"Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen," she once said.Jazz represented glamour too - and a kind of glamour close enough to her own life that she could almost touch it.Now, three years on from her death in July 2011, it's the tourists who come.Last month, Camden county council erected a statue of Amy outside Stables Market, unveiled on the day that would have been the singer's 31st birthday, had she lived.Despite her high spirits, however, Amy was prone to crushing lows too. But I think because I had an older brother, I did a lot of that 'Oh, life's so depressing' stuff before I was even 12."I do suffer from depression, I suppose," she once said in an interview. That's when I would be reading JD Salinger - or whatever my brother read - and feeling frustrated." She was just six when her parents got the first inkling that that husky, adult-before-its time voice might mark her out as something special.When Amy Winehouse was alive, it was the paparazzi who used to flock to Camden to see her.They'd hunch outside her doorway like buzzards in the rain, waiting to swoop in on the drama that reliably and regularly lurched out of her front door. In fact, she befriended them - in her quieter, calmer moments she'd pop out to hand them cups of tea.
Early on, Cynthia took up an important role in Amy's life, championing her as a singer, going with her to auditions.
Her first album, Frank, was a hit with critics and won her two Brit award nominations but it didn't make her famous.
It was around this time that her nocturnal drinking circuits around Camden collided with the path of Blake Fielder-Civil.
She'd moved out of home and was hanging around late bars in Camden, beginning to assemble her look.
It was here that she encountered Russell Brand, whose first impression of her was as "just some twit in a pink satin jacket shuffling round bars with mutual friends, most of whom were in cool indie bands or peripheral Camden figures Withnail-ing their way through life on impotent charisma." But Brand, by his own admission, misjudged her.