Club 27

I know “Club 27” is a popular concept amongst music fans. It’s basically a reference to the really big, important artists out there who have died at age 27: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. There are others, but those are the most notable. (Kurt Cobain was even been reported as talking about his desire to join the club a year or so before he actually did.)

But come on. Amy Winehouse, no matter what one thinks of her music, has not had the impact of any of those other musicians. Each one was integral to the advance of music, and a lack of mention of any one of them in a talk about the history of music is a mistake. That is not the case with Winehouse. She’s technically a member of the club because she was 27, but she does not meet the point of the meme “Club 27”: impact.

3 Responses

  1. It sounds like people trying to interpret a pattern from random information. There’s a lot of musicians out there, and a lot of them do stupid things that puts them at risk of an early death. Plus Kurt Cobain took his own life, so he could have been suicidal and thought the added bonus of joining Club 27 made it a slightly better idea.

  2. According to Charles Cross, the top biographer of Cobain, there is a statistical spike in musicians who die at age 27. However, he just lists a number of recognizable people who died. Perhaps his “statistic” could work if he had a measure of level of fame so he was specifically talking about super famous versus other super famous musicians, but there surely is no spike otherwise.

  3. A statistical spike in people dying young who often have a financial or social incentive to do hard drugs like its their job?

    I don’t believe it.

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