The 27 Club Phenomenon

cwilko2011 By cwilko2011, 28th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A quick look at the stars, who over the years, have died at the young age of 27. Is there a connection between the deaths or just pure coincidence?

Jimi Hendrix

One of the most influential electric guitarists that there has ever been, Jimi Hendrix is one of the founding members of the 27 Club.

Hendrix died in 1970 due to asphyxiation caused by vomiting from a mixture of sleeping tablets and wine. Hendrix was a well known user of LSD, a popular drug in the 1960's.

It is interesting to note, that more albums have been released under the Jimi Hendrix name after his death, than he actually released while he was alive.

Janis Joplin

Like Hendrix, Joplin's music was extremely influential and has given inspirations to many artists following her death.

Joplin died just over to weeks after Hendrix, rocking the music world. She died from a heroin overdose, along with others who died in the same week from overdosing. It has been stated that the heroin they were taking was a much more potent batch.

Joplin's legacy has inspired many artists, most recently Florence Welch from Florence and the Machines.

Kurt Cobain

One of the founding members of the grunge movement and certainly one of the the most famous. Cobain was a huge artists in the US where many held candle lit vigils following his death.

Like his predecessors, Cobain also died of a drug overdose. Cobain however died from a mixture of sleeping tablets and champagne, though he was also a user of many other drugs.

Cobain's legacy is one of rebellion. His memory is inextricably linked with his wife Courtney Love and his children.

Amy Winehouse

The most recent of artists to enter into the 27 club. Winehouse was known for her soulful singing and manic love life.

Though the cause of death is yet to be determined, due to past history it would be easy to surmise that Winehouse also died from a drug overdose or from illnesses associated with drug abuse.

Winehouse will be remembered more infamously for her lifestyle than her music, which is a massive shame. The soul singer racked up 23 awards in her short career.


Amy Winehouse, Drugs, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Rock And Roll, Suicide

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I think you fail to mention in the article any connection that the musicians had with their deaths and you cannot discuss the 27 club topic without mentioning Robert Johnson who supposedly sold his soul to the devil to a virtuous Blues guitarist and died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.

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