Club 27 . The Golden Age To Die

Posted: October 1, 2011 in Music - Its All About Rock

Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, Cobain, Howell, and many more — it seems that the only way to make it really big in rock and roll is to die at the age of 27.The impetus for the club’s creation were the deaths of Jones, Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison.

When Cobain died, his sister claimed that as a kid he would talk about how he wanted to join the 27 Club .

Jim Morrison. Doors lead singer and songwriter, Jim Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in a Paris flat. Although many claims that he died of a drug overdose, the singer’s official cause of death is listed as heart failure.

Jimi Hendrix died in London in the early hours of September 18, 1970. He had spent the previous evening at a party, and it was estimated that he died at some point after 3am. The official cause of death of this guitar great was asphyxiation on vomit. Although stories abound about his consumption of red wine and sleeping pills the autopsy found very little alcohol in his system, and mentioned only vomitted matter.

Often regarded as the greatest electric guitarist in musical history, the Hendrix legacy did not die with him.

Dying young is by no means the preserve of hard rock: bluesman Robert Johnson, who died on August 16, 1938, was another great musician whose talent was so marked by the time of his death at 27 that he has been cited – by Eric Clapton, no less – as “the most important blues singer that ever lived”.

Johnson’s death was not self-inflicted, and there are a number of differing accounts, but the likelihood is that he was poisoned with strychnine – by a lover’s jealous husband.

Brian Jones, the guitarist with the Rolling Stones, drowned in a swimming pool in 1969. The coroner’s report said it was “death by misadventure”.

Janis Joplin died of a probable heroin overdose on October 4, 1970. Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, and no stranger to controversy, died of “heart failure” in 1971. There was, however, no autopsy and questions remain over his death in a Paris apartment bathtub.

And Kurt Cobain, lead singer and guitarist of Nirvana, joined this unfortunate group in April 1994. He had committed suicide by shotgun. His body had been lying at his Lake Washington home for days. The coroner’s report estimated that Cobain had died on April 5, 1994.


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