The 27 Club

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  1. Trumpet Rider

    Trumpet Rider Well-Known Member

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    Today is Brian Jones' birthday. He was found dead in his swimming pool at the age of 27. Along with Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, he is one of the founding members of the 27 Club.

    A few members


    Dave Alexander June 3, 1947 February 10, 1975 Pulmonary edema Bassist for the Stooges 27 years, 252 days

    Chris Austin February 24, 1964 March 16, 1991 Plane crash Country singer and guitarist/fiddle player for Reba McEntire 27 years, 20 days

    Chris Bell January 12, 1951 December 27, 1978 Traffic collision (car) Singer-songwriter and guitarist of power pop band Big Star and solo 27 years, 349 days

    D. Boon April 1, 1958 December 22, 1985 Traffic collision (van) Guitarist, lead singer of punk band Minutemen 27 years, 266 days

    Kurt Cobain February 20, 1967 April 5, 1994. Suicide by gunshot Founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana 27 years, 44 days

    Sahara Davenport December 17, 1984 October 1, 2012 Heart failure Drag queen, singer, television personality, and classically trained dancer 27 years, 289 days

    Pete de Freitas August 2, 1961 June 14, 1989 Traffic collision (motorcycle) Drummer for Echo & the Bunnymen 27 years, 316 days

    Roger Lee Durham February 14, 1946 July 27, 1973 Fell off a horse and died from the injuries Singer and percussionist of Bloodstone 27 years, 163 days

    Soroush "Looloosh" Farazmand October 31, 1986 November 11, 2013 Murdered Guitarist of Iranian-American band The Yellow Dogs 27 years, 11 days

    Thomas Fekete July 1, 1988 May 31, 2016 Cancer Guitarist for Surfer Blood 27 years, 335 days

    Jade Goody June 5, 1981 March 22, 2009 Cervical cancer Reality-television personality 27 years, 290 days

    Orish Grinstead June 2, 1980 April 20, 2008 Kidney failure Founding member of the R&B group 702 27 years, 323 days

    Malcolm Hale May 17, 1941 October 30, 1968 Poisoning (carbon monoxide) Original member and lead guitarist of Spanky and Our Gang 27 years, 166 days

    Pete Ham April 27, 1947 April 24, 1975 Suicide by hanging Keyboardist and guitarist, leader of Badfinger 27 years, 362 days

    Leslie Harvey September 13, 1944 May 3, 1972 Electrocution Guitarist for Stone the Crows and brother of Alex Harvey 27 years, 233 days

    Jimi Hendrix November 27, 1942 September 18, 1970 Asphyxiation Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys 27 years, 295 days

    Robert Johnson May 8, 1911 August 16, 1938 Poisoning (strychnine [unattributed]) Blues singer and musician 27 years, 100 days

    Brian Jones February 28, 1942 July 3, 1969 Drowned in a swimming pool; coroner's report states "death by misadventure" Rolling Stones cofounder, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist 27 years, 125 days

    Janis Joplin January 19, 1943 October 4, 1970 Drug overdose (probably heroin) Lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band 27 years, 258 days

    Helmut Köllen March 2, 1950 May 3, 1977 Poisoning (carbon monoxide) Bassist for 1970s prog rock band Triumvirat 27 years, 62 days

    Alexandre Levy November 10, 1864 January 17, 1892 Unknown Composer, pianist and conductor 27 years, 68 days

    Rudy Lewis August 23, 1936 May 20, 1964 Drug overdose Vocalist of the Drifters 27 years, 271 days

    Sean Patrick McCabe November 13, 1972 August 28, 2000 Asphyxiation Lead singer of Ink & Dagger 27 years, 289 days

    Ron "Pigpen" McKernan September 8, 1945 March 8, 1973 Gastrointestinal hemorrhage associated with alcoholism Founding member, keyboardist and singer of the Grateful Dead 27 years, 181 days

    Damien "Damo" Morris May 22, 1980 December 19, 2007 Traffic collision (bus) Member of Australian deathcore band The Red Shore 27 years, 211 days

    Jim Morrison December 8, 1943 July 3, 1971 Heart failure Singer, lyricist, and leader of the Doors 27 years, 207 days

    Masako Natsume December 17, 1957 September 11, 1985 Acute myeloid leukemia Actress 27 years, 268 days

    Nate Niec March 3, 1982 October 6, 2009 Road accident Bassist of numerous punk rock bands 27 years, 217 days

    Fat Pat December 4, 1970 February 3, 1998 Murdered American rapper and member of Screwed Up Click 27 years, 61 days

    Kristen Pfaff May 26, 1967 June 16, 1994 Drug overdose (heroin) Bass guitarist for Hole and Janitor Joe 27 years, 21 days

    Dickie Pride October 21, 1941 March 26, 1969 Drug overdose (sleeping pills) Rock and roll singer 27 years, 156 days

    Rockin' Robin Roberts November 23, 1940 December 22, 1967 Car crash Original member and singer of The Fabulous Wailers 27 years, 29 days

    Maria Serrano Serrano November 26, 1973 November 24, 2001 Plane crash (Crossair Flight 3597) Background singer for Passion Fruit 27 years, 363 days

    Freaky Tah May 14, 1971 March 28, 1999 Murdered American rapper and member of the hip hop group Lost Boyz 27 years, 318 days

    Gary Thain May 15, 1948 December 8, 1975 Drug overdose (heroin) Former bassist of Uriah Heep and the Keef Hartley Band 27 years, 205 days

    Jeremy Ward May 5, 1976 May 25, 2003 Drug overdose (heroin) The Mars Volta and De Facto sound manipulator 27 years, 20 days

    Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson July 4, 1943 September 3, 1970 Drug overdose (barbiturate), possible suicide Leader, singer and primary composer of Canned Heat 27 years, 61 days

    Amy Winehouse September 14, 1983 July 23, 2011 Alcohol poisoning Singer-songwriter 27 years, 312 days

    Mia Zapata August 25, 1965 July 7, 1993 Murdered Lead singer of the Gits 27 years, 316 days
     
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  2. Nik Henville

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    One finds oneself wondering how many died at 26 or 28... or 30, or 13 before they even got discovered.

    In 2011, British researchers surveyed 1,500 performers over a 40-year period. They compared the rock stars' average lifespans to non-rock stars from the same periods. So, Elvis' life span would be compared to the average lifespan of other men who were 21 when he released "Hound Dog" in 1955. The researchers found, "North American pop stars were 87.6% as likely to be alive as [non-rock stars] of the same age and ethnicity — the lowest survival rate of any group identified in the study." Although less likely to die prematurely than their North American counterparts, Euro rockers were, on average, more likely to die young than non-rocking Europeans. That, of course, completely fails to explain Keith Richards.

    Drug and alcohol overdoses were among the most common causes of death, which comes as no surprise given that the average rock star has access to an illicit pharmacy whenever he or she seeks it out. Author Howard Sounes lists 50 "unofficial" members in his book The 27 Club, the majority of whom had serious substance abuse problems. That culture, coupled with the emotional lives that inspire many musicians to write and perform, provide the perfect set of circumstances for an early death. Additionally, Sounes pointed out that most members of the club had "strikingly difficult childhoods," producing emotional wounds that would inspire artists like Cobain and Hendrix to look to drugs, alcohol and music as a means of self-medication.

    There's a strange trend in the club members' relationships, too. Pain attracts pain, and drug abusing musicians often attract, either willfully or not, other drug users into their lives. Most members of the 27 Club were romantically involved with other drug users at the time of their death. Jim Morrison's girlfriend lied to police when her boyfriend died as a means of covering up her own drug abuse, adding to already-intense speculation surrounding the demise of the Doors frontman.

    But while it's clear that rock stars are more likely to die young than, for example, their average fan of the same age, the 27 Club is really more "The 20's and 30's Club." There is a long list of rockers who have died prematurely, both younger and older than 27. But the members of the 27 Club get the most attention both because the term is marketable and because the deaths of those involved have sparked the most rumors. Plane crashes, for example, have killed a surprisingly high number of talented artists (Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, etc.) but a plane crash can't compete with the intrigue of a drug overdose. Reports of Morrison's demise in a Paris bathtub have inspired four decades of rumours. Speculation on Cobain's death is endlessly fascinating. Reports of Redding's crash landing in a Wisconsin lake were equally tragic (he'd just recorded "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"), but not nearly as mysterious. So, the club's mystique has only grown.

    Whatever you want to call it, though, there is a scientific basis for the 27 Club that goes well beyond mythology. While rock n' roll might not "kill," per se, the rock n' roll lifestyle does, and those most drawn to the rock lifestyle are most likely to push it too far.

    There is some good news in all of this, however: The authors of the 2011 study indicated that today the rock lifestyle claims fewer casualties than it did in the debauched days of the '60s and '70s. Mark Bellis, an expert on substance abuse and one of the study's authors, speculates that "professionalization" might be one reason. Increasingly, the music business is perceived as exactly that — a business — and a "valid career choice," as opposed to a means of escape for troubled young people. But even when science seems to have explained it away and our musicians begin living longer, the mystique of that number will remain.

    My thanks to Zachary Stockhill, Canadian writer, researcher, and educator(20th May 2014)
     
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  3. jimmyjames

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    Yeah, herbal tea with Coldplay and yoga with Sting, nup.
     
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    OK...

    ...now tell me about the Stones :cool:

    :hippie::pirate::uk:
     
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    When Keef outlives Mick, he 'n' Iggy should get somethin' goin' :yesway:
     
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