Officially known as the 27 Club, it is sometimes referred to under the names Club 27 and Forever 27 Club. It is the name of a group of highly influential and predominant rock musicians who passed away at the young age of twenty-seven. The initial opening of Club 27 took place in 1969 after the death of rock music artist, Brian Jones. Today, nearly forty years after the inaugural, there are nearly forty five members who are part of Club 27. The latest gem to enter Forever 27 Club is British singer, Amy Winehouse. Many of the world’s top rock musicians that are part of the group are Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.
Many of these rock artists died due to some of their misjudgements and actions. If you take a look at the first artists to be a part of the group, Brian Jones, he died by drowning in a pool. He was the very talented founder and lead multi-instrumentalist of the Rolling Stones. He had a lot of fame and popularity as he was growing up, but due to a misadventure, his life was taken away. If these people were still a part of our world, our music scene would definitely be a little different. The age of 27 is very special to the rock genre as many top talents died at that age. Today, many rock bands and artists pay tribute to these wonderful rock artists.
Initially, 27 Club was renowned to include only five members who were Hendrix, Joplin, Jones, Morrison and Cobain. Cobain’s death was somewhat questionable to many, especially because of what his sister had said. When Kurt Cobain had passed away, his sister told the media that he always had a thing for which he wanted to join the Club 27. This was also stated in the Heavier than Heaven book. The deaths of these musicians really changed how we perceive the rock music genre, as music has changed a great deal since then. Apart from the death of Janis Joplin, there still seems to be a lot of talk and controversy about the death of the other Club 27 members.
It has been over forty years since the death of some of these rock stars, but people still strive to pay respect to them when the time comes. Many of today’s rock artists have followed Club 27 members, and many play their music as a respect to one of their own. The number 27 is a major deal in the rock music genre, as an astounding number of artists passed away at this age. The death of the latest member, Amy Winehouse, has not yet been determined but she was a true inspiration for many.
|Image||Artist||Date Deceased||Cause of Death||Why Famous?||Age|
|Amy Winehouse||July 23, 2011||TBD||Vocalist||27|
|Kurt Cobain||April 5th, 1994||Suicide||Founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana.||27 years, 44 days|
|Jim Morrison||July 3, 1971||Heart Failure (No Autopsy)||Lead singer, songwriter for The Doors.||27 years, 207 days|
|Janis Joplin||October 4, 1970||Likely heroin overdose||Leading vocalist and songwriter.||27 years, 258 days|
|Jimi Hendrix||September 18, 1970||Autopsy demonstrated he likely asphyxiated on vomit after combining sleeping pills with wine.||Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for his generation.||27 years, 295 days|
|Brian Jones||July 3, 1969||Drowned in a swimming pool.||Rolling Stones founder.||27 years, 125 days|