Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has signed a deal with HarperCollins to pen Amy, My Daughter, a memoir charting his relationship with his troubled daughter. Proceeds from the book, which will be "a must-read for Amy's legions of fans," per a glowing press release, will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation Mitch finally managed to set up in his daughter's honor after multiple false starts, including a delay because he'd failed to secure the domain name for the organization. According to Reuters and Mitch's Twitter, the book is due in July 2012, one year after the 27-year-old soul singer died in her London home.
"Mitch Winehouse wants to tell her incredible story in full," reads a statement from the publisher. "From her mischievous early years, through her rise to stardom to her much publicized struggles with addiction, he will bring the many layers of her life together — the personal, the private and the public — to create a fitting tribute to his much loved daughter."
The famously un-press-shy Mitch Winehouse, a taxi driver turned singer, has his own website tracking his many public appearances and statements. In response to suggestions he's writing this memoir for his own benefit, he spat back on Twitter, "I also need to write the book as a part of my recovery. For those people that don't like it. Tough!" We're anxiously awaiting the inevitable Amy Forever tribute concert.