- - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Amy Winehouse’s father said he has a hard time enjoying her breakthrough “Back to Black” album because the songs are about her ex-husband.

Mitch Winehouse blames Blake Fielder-Civil for leading her into drug abuse, and he details her long decline in a new memoir, “Amy, My Daughter.” His views on the British singer’s ex-husband have been stated before and are well known.

Winehouse, whose “Back to Black” disc sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award for album of the year in 2008, died of accidental alcohol poisoning in July. The British singer was 27.

Mr. Winehouse, a former taxi driver and aspiring singer, writes in the memoir that it recently occurred to him that one of the biggest-selling albums of the 21st century is all about Mr. Fielder-Civil, whom he disparages. He said he prefers his daughter’s jazzy first album, “Frank,” which wasn’t released outside England until after her later success.

His memoir is scheduled to come out Tuesday. The Associated Press bought a copy on Monday.

Winehouse recalls his daughter as a girl using a notebook to write down phrases that later turned up in songs and his pride as her singing talent became evident. But most of the book is about a seemingly endless cycle of attempted recoveries and relapses as she battled drugs and alcohol.

Winehouse’s strong will may have helped her during her career, but it didn’t help with substance abuse, her father writes.

“Long before Amy was an addict, no one could tell her what to do,” he wrote. “Once she became an addict, her stubbornness just got worse. There were times when she wanted to be clean, but the times when she didn’t outnumbered them.”

He wrote that he never could understand why she was so in love with Mr. Fielder-Civil, a music industry hanger-on. The book details his numerous run-ins with Mr. Fielder-Civil and his family.

“It wasn’t as if he brought much good into her life, or so it seemed to me,” he wrote.

Winehouse married Mr. Fielder-Civil in 2007. They divorced in 2009.

Power failure doesn’t shut down Bieber show

Justin Bieber had an unplugged performance at the Apollo Theater on Monday, but it wasn’t intentional - a problem caused a power outage during the singing sensation’s big concert.

The singer was nearing the end of a private show in front of a packed house when the power for most of the stage instruments suddenly went out, said his manager, Scooter Braun.

“Then we hear the fire alarm,” Mr. Braun said in an Associated Press phone interview Monday evening. “Literally, the boy blew up the Apollo - he heated up the Apollo.”

But Mr. Bieber still managed to finish his show, with the help of fans singing along with him.

“What it turned into was an Apollo moment, like one of those impromptu things,” said Nina Flowers, the Apollo’s rep.

The power outage, which only affected the stage instruments and some lighting, occurred toward the end of the show. Mr. Braun said they were told the problem would be fixed in a few minutes, but it stretched to more than 40 minutes.

At first, Mr. Bieber took the outage in stride.

“He was joking, he said it was all the hot girls in here,” Ms. Flowers said.

He then got on the drums, which were working, for a solo, and had the crowd serenade Mr. Braun for his birthday.

But then Mr. Bieber got upset at the disruption of the show, which was being taped as part of an NBC special to air later this week. Instead of getting mad, however, Mr. Bieber decided to put his energy into performing for his fans, who stayed in the audience during the delay.

“He walks out, he literally quiets the crowd, and he says, ‘I’m sorry the power is out. … [But] you guys have always had my back. I’m going to sing ‘Boyfriend’ and you’re going to sing it back to me.’ “

He then launched into his hit song from his new album “Believe” as the crowd of mainly teen girls sang along as he danced, Mr. Braun said.

Shia LaBeouf appears in the buff in music video

If Sigur Ros’ new music video was a movie, it might merit an NC-17 rating.

For the band’s clip of “Fjogur Piano” released Monday, “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf appears naked.

Alma Har’el directed the video. It is part of a series being created for the band’s latest album “Valtari.” The video also features female nudity, dancing, an octopus, lollipops and trippy images.

Band bassist Georg Holm said the director and Mr. LaBeouf collaborated on the idea for it. Mr. Holm described it as “absolutely amazing.”

Victor Spinetti, comic actor from Beatles movies, dies

Victor Spinetti, a comic actor who appeared in three Beatles movies and won a Tony on Broadway, has died, his agent said Tuesday. He was 82.

Mr. Spinetti died Tuesday morning after been afflicted by cancer for several years, said Barry Burnett, the actor’s close friend and agent.

Mr. Spinetti won a Tony Award in 1965 for his Broadway performance in “Oh, What a Lovely War,” but became most well-known for his appearances in the Beatles movies “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Help,” and “Magical Mystery Tour.”

At a London Beatles Day event in 2010, Mr. Spinetti said he was included in the cast of “A Hard Day’s Night” at George Harrison’s insistence.

“He said, ‘You gotta be in all our films otherwise me mum wouldn’t come and see ‘em, because she fancies you,’ ” Mr. Spinetti said. “That was why I was in.”

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