The infamous 27 club remains an intriguing and fascinating statistic. The famous musicians that died at this age invites undeniable speculation and has always attracted mystery and attention. It could be purely coincidental that some of our most famous and iconic stars have died at 27 years of age, but there are many observers who believe that the age is not purely coincidental. There is something here that is much more intriguing, something much more symbolic.
Although the club is completely notional there have been many different theories and speculations about the causes of such early deaths and their possible connections. Despite this fascination for the age of 27 the subjects within this book, although only creating a few albums, will have long lasting influence and direction on future generations. Each and every one of these legends had incredibly short careers but their impact on music and culture would be immense. They were completely unique in what they achieved in popular music and to the approach they created. At the time of their fame they were iconic and refreshing and often ahead of the times they were living in. Ultimately a combination of their untimely deaths and the importance of the work they produced will forever make them extremely significant, both musically and more importantly, culturally. The influence they left behind branching out much further than just the few albums they may have produced.
With ’27’ James Court examines and uncovers the music and the lives of Six of the most iconic members of the 27 club. The book follows the careers and lives of each icon and scrutinizes the connections between them. It goes into every aspect of their short careers and looks at how they are connected beyond the age of 27. ’27’ strips away the myth surrounding the 27 club and uncovers how each legend dealt with the fame, attention and constant pressure.
To this day ’27’ remains a cultural phenomenon. The subjects within this book shook the music world with their early deaths, and of course added to the remarkable coincidence and statistical spike for 27. The short lives these musicians had, the music they produced and the pioneering cultural impact they contributed, turned them instantly from household names, Into music legends…
Amy Winehouse 27 years, 312 days
Janice Joplin 27 years, 258 days
Brian Jones 27 years, 125 days
Jim Morrison 27 years, 207 days
Kurt Cobain 27 years, 44 days
Jimi Hendrix 27 years, 295 days
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