Rock Musicians who Died at Age 27?

We lost Amy Winehouse today — another talented, troubled musician who happened to die at age 27.

My generation lost Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Brian Jones at that exact age. Kurt Cobain died at 27, and so did Badfinger‘s Pete Ham, Robert Johnson and Big Star‘s Chris Bell.

There’s a book called The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll, by Eric Segalstad, with many more names and stories. You can hear Segalstad interviewed about his book on All Things Considered.

Is there anything to the curse of 27? Is it just a number — a coincidence — or is there something about being 27 that’s just a game-changer in people’s lives? Is there anything universal about that particular age?

Articke from NPR.ORG / Go to story to see videos of most of these artists

~ by castleqwayr on July 25, 2011.

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