The Twenty Seven Club.
Have you heard of it?
Death is an inevitable part of life. With that being said, there are also many people it, seemingly, effects too soon. The idea of a 27 Club has become a popular and widely believed myth, deeply rooted in the soul of rock & roll history. The basic premise of the myth is that members which have been “initiated” into the 27 Club have all met untimely deaths at the age of 27, often at the hands of drug and alcohol abuse, or some other violent event, such as accidental death, trauma, homicide, or suicide. While some might consider the legacy of the 27 Club a myth,others deem it a curse..
It is believed that the idea of such a club existing was introduced in the 1970s when four widely popular musicians of the time–Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones– all died within just two years of one other. The kicker: all of them were 27 years old at the time of their death. Even though those four members allowed the idea of such a club to become more widely known, there were a number of musicians who died at the age of 27 prior to that. The most prominent is one of the founding fathers of the blues, Robert Johnson. However, the earliest recorded member of the 27 club lived and died much earlier: composer Alexandre Levy who died on January 17th, 1892.
With that being said, the actual term “Forever 27 Club” was not coined to refer to the list of musicians who died at the age of 27 until after the death of Nirvana’s 27 year old lead singer, which only caused speculation about the club to be reignited, once again becoming the talk of the town. However, this time, it had a name. By the time 27-year-old rocker Amy Winehouse fell victim to an alcohol related death in 2011, media speculation about the formation about such a club had reached an all time high.