March 22, 2007

MAYBE THESE WOMEN COULD TRY LESS HARD TO BE BILLIE HOLIDAY?:

Incoherent, virtually friendless and depressed - what is happening to Joss Stone? (RICHARD PRICE, 3/22/07, Daily Mail)

Backstage at the Brit Awards, Joss Stone is in full flow, tossing her frazzled pink mane to and fro as she holds forth about her 'amazing' new record.

Utterly oblivious to the lateness of the hour and the fact that this is her umpteenth interview, the 19-year-old shows no sign of tiring at the sound of her own voice and is clearly enjoying the attention of the two men who are hanging on her every word.

Then, after a rambling five-minute monologue (delivered in that peculiar highpitched transatlantic drawl which betrays nothing of her Devon roots), she finally looks down for a moment and stops mid-sentence.

Her 'interviewers', she suddenly realises, are holding walkie-talkies, not tape recorders.

They are not journalists but a pair of security guards who were far too polite - and scared - to inform the singer of her folly.

Welcome to the random world of Joss Stone: teenage millionaire, self-confessed dope smoker and desperately lonely girl whose best friends are her mother, her dog and her hairdresser.

"It was absolutely hilarious and at the same time very sad," says a source who witnessed the Brits debacle. [...]

So what exactly is going on with the girl formerly known as Joscelyn Stoker?


MORE:
Out again! Amy celebrates US success with a night on the town (Daily Mail, 22nd March 2007)

Amy Winehouse looks a bit unsteady on her feet after a night out on the town in LA with pal Kelly Osbourne. [...]

The pair have been friends since meeting at the Brits three years ago when Amy introduced herself by groping the reality TV star.

"She came up to me drunkenly and grabbed my boob and said how she wasn't being funny, but just really liked me," said Kelly. "We started talking about tattoos and just became friends."

The twosome left Tebby's nightclub hand in hand

The two girls certainly seem to have a lot in common, Amy has been nicknamed 'Wino' thanks to her boozy antics and Kelly has checked into rehab for drug addiction on two occassions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2007 12:57 PM
Comments

The self-immolation of Holiday, Charlie Parker, Miles (who later recovered) and countless others in the 1950s jazz world should be seen as a warning. As should the rockers of the 1970s, who knowingly or unknowingly made all the same mistakes. Too bad that instead, those musicians are role models for all the wrong reasons.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at March 22, 2007 5:47 PM
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