27 Club’s Newest Member: Amy Winehouse

Posted: July 25, 2011 by jerkmag in BLARE -- music
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Normally in a post about the Forever 27 club, I would try to crack a joke about how it shouldn’t be confused with Forever 21.  However, it saddens me to report that British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday in her London flat at the age of 27.  Since I’ve already mentioned the number two times, you may be wondering what the significance of 27 is.

Let me explain: in the music industry there seems to be a strange “curse” involving famous musicians that have died at the age of 27.  Members of the 27 club include Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, and, now, Amy Winehouse.  Since so many musicians have died at this age, there are articles, websites, and even books that pay tribute to what has been dubbed the “Forever 27 Club” or the “27 Club” for short.

As I sit back and catch up on Amy Winehouse’s music, I can’t help but wonder if the 27 Club really is a curse.  Could there truly be a hex on the music industry, or is it all just coincidence? Better yet, is there actually some logical reasoning behind it all? I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I think there has to be a logical explanation to this. Perhaps, it takes about 27 years to learn music, gain popularity, and then fall victim to drug addiction. 

I have my own theories, but I’m curious what you think.  I’m sure some of you Jerks have opinions on the matter or know inside information that I might have missed.  Express your thoughts about the Forever 27 Club in the comments below.

-Mike Thal
  1. Mama Hor says:

    I think someone (if not done so already) should compile research on cause of death of each down to its miniscule details, from weeks and days leading up to the death to how it exactly happened and the aftermath. I don’t know…hard to say. I hate this Club 27 thing. So sad.

  2. Mike Thal says:

    There’s actually a book called “The 27s” which compiles a lot of research on the topic. If you click the “books” link in the article, you’ll find info about it. Nonetheless, the topic is pretty sad.

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