Familiar with this term? The idea of the 27 Club really became a point of public speculation following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994. Not only was losing Cobain a major time of mourning for the entire alternative rock world – especially among his cult-like fans that pointed their fingers to his wife Courtney Love versus what was ruled a suicidal gunshot to the head – his age is what made a lot of people think “What the…?!” This is because Cobain was only 27 years old when he died – the same age that many of our greats were when they died.
Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison are just a few music icons that are historical “members” of the 27 Club, each of which have massively inspired and influenced us with their unique sounds, as well as their personal take on fashion.
But when you think about it…is the 27 Club an insensitive term merely used to identify this bizarre death pattern over the years? Or, should it be termed the “27 Curse” due to the fact that these young deaths are the result of drug or alcohol abuse? Hmmm….
The beauty of rock musicians is heavily based on his or her poetic navigation through multiple levels of misery. Sound heavy? Well, it is. And unfortunately, many rock stars become heavily involved with drug use and/or alcohol use in order to numb the pain they sing about. This pain, ironically, contributes to the dark and lovely quality of his or her music. But, sadly, many members of the 27 Club just couldn’t fully fix their devastating cycle in time, resulting in the worst clichés of the rock world: death by suicide and/or death by overdose.
These musical icons, which now include the British blues singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, provided us with timeless music that we’ll never forget. But from the rock world to Hollywood, the curse of losing such talents at the mere age of 27 years old is still a hard pill to swallow. In fact, last month, actor Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek” movies) died in a freak accident outside of his home – now a new club member.
All of these young deaths have made an impact on us individually as well as a collective group of music and entertainment lovers. From festival fashion trends to pop music tributes, we love to keep their vibes alive through edgy style and rebellious spirits. But if members of the 27 Club were still alive…who would they be in the world today? Would they still feel timeless?
What do you think? Should it be the 27 Club or the 27 Curse? Please share your thoughts with us in a comment below!
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