Forever 27 Club
People seem to have a tendency to cherish the figures who left in their prime. Whether through retirement or death, when you leave at the top of your game you’re more likely to be remembered forever. Think about it, there’s Tupac, Jordan, Lennon, Jesus. As fans it’s hard to let go of the impact that these people have on us. They become icons and represent perfection in whatever they do. And in the vast field of legends there’s one group I want to point out in particular. In the music world some of the biggest names to pass away in their heyday all have something intriguing in common.
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They’re known as the 27 club. It’s a collection of artists who all passed away at the age of 27. Artists like: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. If that’s where the list ended it would be enough to make this club legendary. Janis Joplin: one of the best vocalists of all time. Hendrix is topping the list for greatest guitar players ever. Morrison and Cobain go down in history as two of the most poetic and creative songwriters, instant legends. Yet, it wasn’t till Kurt Cobain killed himself in 94, that people took notice to the assortment of artists who have all passed away at the same age, some almost three decades earlier. Once the pattern was noticed the number 27 started popping up everywhere. Brian Jones, who was one of the original band members and creator of the Rolling Stones drowned in his pool. Ronald “Pigpen” McKernan, a founding member of the Grateful Dead died of liver damage from a heavy drinking habit. The list of famous musicians who have passed at the age of 27 is extensive, and people are still getting added even now. As recent as 2011, Amy Winehouse passed away of alcohol poisoning. She was truly one of the best, most dynamic singers around.
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This club has gone from a string of unfortunate coincidences, to now people blowing the conspiracy whistle. Articles have been written speculating whether Cobain planned out his death with the intentions of joining the historic club. Research has even been done to see if musicians are at a higher risk of death at the age of 27, they’re not. At the end of all of this it’s concluded that this extraordinary club was put together just by chance. It’s a list of artists that all left to early. A list of artists that we will cherish for all time.