Origin of The 27 Club
The number 27 may be the most famous number in the history of Rock music. The myth started during the years of 1969-1971 following the amount of musicians who died at the age of 27.
During that period of time rock and roll the world lost musicians: Dickie Pride, Brian Jones, Alan Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Arlester Christian.
Soon after Kurt Cobain died on April 5th 1994 the term “forever 27 club” referred to the list of musicians who died at the age of 27.
Since Kurt’s death the 27 death phenomenon entered the media’s light. Amy Winehouse’s death on June 23, 2011 added her into the club.
Once again the phenomenon entered into the media’s interests.
The 27 Club List of The Great
Brian Jones was a guitarist and one of the founders of the amazing rock band The Rolling Stones. Less than a month after being kicked out of the band due to a serious drug addiction he died on July 3rd, 1969.
Brian drowned in his own pool. His death was the beginning of a two year period where Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison died at the age of 27. Jimi Hendrix is considered to be the greatest guitarist and most influential musicians in the history of rock. His legacy and recording career was only about a three year period. Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27, on September 18th, 1970 due to asphyxiation caused by an overdose of painkillers.
The 27 Club Conspiracy Theories
There are conspiracy theories also stating that it could have been suicide or murder. These theories only added on to his legacy just like they did for many other artist at that time. Janis Joplin, also known as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” died just 16 days after Jimi on October 4th, 1970 due to a heroin overdose which may have been triggered by her alcohol abuse. She was a deeply troubled artist just like many others and is said to be the most influential female vocalists of all time.
The 27 Club List Continues
The lead singer of The Doors Jim Morrison died on July 3rd 1971 at the age of 27. It is said that he too died of a heroin overdose. But because they never did an autopsy on him there is still some debate about his death.
One theory says he faked his own death and never actually died. Jim was buried in a cemetery in Paris which has become a popular touristic site. Morrison died on the two year anniversary of Brian Jones’s death. Jim Morrison’s longtime girlfriend, Pamela Courson died on April 25th 1974 also at the age of 27.
These are just some of the members from the 27 club.
In my opinion the most influential and inspiring to me as a rock and roll music listener and lover.
The 27 Club Theories
One of the biggest questions that remain is, why have so many musicians died at the age of 27?
Numerologists feel that it is a very significant number.
There are theories also concerning the amount of 27 club members that owned white lighters, and so on.
There are also those that just believe that the 27 club is all one big coincidence.
On the other hand many 27 club members lived lifestyles that contribute to dying at a young age.
All of This does not explain why specifically 27.
Part of the mystery of the 27 club is that there are no clear answers to any of our questions.
It is the fact that it can’t be explained that ensures the forever 27 clubs place in rock and roll forever.
There are about 64 members in the club and I may not know all of them but i am sure they are as great and influential as the ones that I have come to get to know. The club is a tragedy but somehow there is something so beautiful in it.