The 27 Club: Music Greats Who Died at 27


Let's pause for a few moments to remember members and view photos of the 27 Club's so-called members.

Photo via tumblr

Yesterday was the second death anniversary of Amy Winehouse. The English singer and songwriter succumbed to substance abuse and alcoholism, carving the path to her demise just when she had it all: international fame, critical acclaim, and talent that could have sustained a music career for decades, had she not died on that fateful day in 2011, enlisting herself as yet another talented artist who died at the age of 27. They were commonly referred to as the 27 Club.

Before Amy Winehouse, the 27 Club already had several so- called members.

Photo via biography

Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards might be the ‘Stones that you fondly remember, but to his credit, Brian Jones is actually the founder of the Rolling Stones.

He engaged in narcotic substances, displayed unrelenting mood shifts and was estranged from the band before long.

Barely a month after Jones officially left the Rolling Stones, he was found motionless at the bottom of the swimming pool of his Cotchford Farm estate. A cocktail of prescription and narcotic drugs and high alcohol content were found in his bloodstream.

Photo via sixthingsblog

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is a man who can definitely play the guitar. He is one of the influential and celebrated guitarists in music history, a legend who died way before the tale was supposed to end.

He was the world’s highest paid performer in 1969 but that didn’t stop concert promoters from inviting him to play at Woodstock. Hendrix was the closing act for the music festival, where he performed the American national anthem, ”The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In September of 1970, the legendary guitarist took nine sleeping tablets and toxic with barbiturates before he choked on his own vomit and died of asphyxia.

Photo via lastfm

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin’s turn to exit would come not long after Jimi Hendrix’s death.

Janis Joplin’s music career began to flourish when she was still the lead vocalist for psychedelic acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She rose to fame as a solo artist and became one of the most memorable acts at the Monterey Pop Festival, and Woodstock.

She died in her hotel room from heroin overdose in October 1970.

Photo via fanpop

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison is best remembered as the lead vocalist for 60’s American rock band The Doors. He was a poet, songwriter, and a star whose luster has not faded even decades after his death.

Like other ’members’ of the 27 club, Jim Morrison was both alcohol and drug dependent. Like Joplin, he allegedly died of heroin overdose, but no autopsy was performed. Official reports state that he died of a heart attack while lying in the bathtub of his Paris apartment in July 1971.

Photo via musicgearlive

Kurt Cobain

In the early 90’s , Nirvana took the world by storm, teaching it what grunge was all about. Nevermind was the band’s breakthrough album, and ”Smells Like Teen Spirit’ pushed Nirvana’s popularity to unanticipated heights.

At the center of it all was Kurt Cobain, Nirvana’s founding member, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist. Cobain was hailed as the spokesman for his generation.

Cobain had a history of depression and was suicidal. And like many other musical geniuses, Cobain was unfortunately addicted to drugs. His drug addiction and suicidal behavior drove him to the end. He was found dead with a shotgun pointing to his chin in his home in Seattle.

There you go, a set of unforgettable and exceptionally talented music greats who left the industry at the very early age of 27. Let’s hope no one decides to join the gang anytime soon.

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Jimi Hendrix solemnly strums his guitar at Woodstock

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written by jillytanrad on 2013-07-24 in #lifestyle #analogue-photography #black-and-white #music #27-club #portraits #tributes #drugs #vintage


  1. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    So much genius, then so much addiction and depression...

  2. jillytanrad
    jillytanrad ·

    Live fast, die young.

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