By Malla Malatji
If you are passionate about music, chances are you are familiar with “The 27 Club,” a group of popular musicians who died at age 27, usually as a result of drug and alcohol use. It’s one of the most famous and downright creepiest things about rock music. Members of the club are famous not only for being iconic voices of their generation, but also for dying in their prime at age 27. It wasn’t until the death of Nirvana band leader Kurt Cobain, that the idea of a “27 Club” was spread. The club is filled with people you’ve almost certainly heard of. Before Cobain there was Brian Jones (Rolling Stones founder and guitarist who died from drowning).
The coroner’s report states “death by misadventure” which was probably an attempt to make a somber job fun albeit in a sick way), Alan Wilson (singer and composer of Canned Heat), Jimi Hendrix (pioneering electric guitarist, singer/songwriter for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys), Janis Joplin (lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company) and Jim Morrison (lyricist and leader of The Doors), who all died between 1969 and 1971 aged 27. The club goes all the way back to Alexandre Levy who died in January of 1892 and Louis Chauvin who died in 1908 of Neurosyphilitic sclerosis and proving that even in the 19th century musicians still lived a “rock and roll” life. And of course the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, who died aged 27 from suspected poisoning. There’s also Amy Winehouse died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning. The club has been repeatedly cited in the media, however a 2011 study by The British Medical Journal concluded there was no increase in the risk of death for musicians at the age of 27. Despite this, it’s eerily creepy considering there are currently 45 members to The 27 Club, with the most recent entrée being the fantastically-named Soroush “Looloosh” Farazmand, guitarist for the Yellow Dogs who was murdered in November 2013.
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