Mark Ronson has defended the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, saying the film celebrates her for the artist she was.
Ronson told an audience at the Oxford Union Society last night (November 2) that Asif Kapadia’s documentary about Winehouse “puts her back on the pedestal where she belongs”.
“I know there were a few things the family weren’t happy about,” Ronson said. “I’m a huge supporter of the family and really sympathise with their concerns, but this film gives Amy that legend status.” Ronson was recently announced as a patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up and run by Mitch Winehouse.
Ronson’s defence of Amy follows comments by Winehouse’s father, Mitch, that Kapadia’s film was “very hurtful” and “did not show her sense of fun”. He is now pursuing a documentary of his own about the singer’s life, and is hoping to start work on the project soon.
Ronson told the audience that after watching the documentary the first time, his wife, the actress and model Josephine de la Baume, said, “Now I see the Amy you’re always talking about.”
The talk was given to students in the debating chamber of the Oxford Union. He focused on the making of his 2015 album ‘Uptown Special’, followed by a question and answer session.
The DJ and producer also told students that he does not fear streaming sites such as Spotify and Apple Music, as “That is how people listen to music these days and getting upset about it is like crying over spilt milk.”
He said, “Artists won’t now make as much money when they release a single but even if I only earn less than one pence with every stream, that’s still better than nothing.” In February this year, figures suggested that Ronson’s hit track ‘Uptown Funk’ was earning him £65,000 per week through Spotify.
Ronson also responded to a question about musicians having a responsibility towards their audience by saying that “some artists aren’t meant to be role models” and he sometimes feels like an “old man” when listening to modern hip-hop: “Songs like ‘Truffle Butter’ by Nicki Minaj and that line in Omarion’s song ‘Post to Be’ where Jhene Aiko says ‘He gotta eat the booty like groceries’ make me feel like an old man, saying the same things people used to say about hip-hop in my day.”