Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Forever 27 Club

 I heard something interesting on the radio on the way to work this morning about Amy Winehouse. Now I can’t say I am a fan of Amy Winehouse, I have only heard her music in the last few days and she did have an amazing voice.

The only reason I knew her name is because of entertainment stories of her significant drug use. She seemed destined to meet an unhappy end. However, she joined an interesting group of musicians who died at the age of 27, sometimes called the 27 club or the Curse of the 27. It includes Brian Jones, Jimi Hendriks, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain, all names I remember or recognize. According to Wikipedia, there are 40 more whose names I don’t recognize so much, that have died at 27 since 1908. The causes of death can best be described, as they did for Brian Jones, as”death by misadventure.” It is an amazing phenomenon.
These talents definitely died too young.

My DD2 thinks that 27 is a significant time in a young person’s life. At least for her, she claims that her whole outlook on life changed about the time she was 27 years old. When I think about it my life changed a lot in my mid 20’s as well. That was when Mr BC and I started our family. So DD2 may have a point about 27 being a significant milestone in a young person’s life.

1 comment :

  1. It's sad that so many talented people only made it to 27 years old isn't it?