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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Glad Not to be 27!

Amy Winehouse is the latest to enter the "legendary-stars-dead-at-27 club," though how many folks regard her as legendary is open to conjecture. She did win 5 Grammy Awards in 2008, including Best new Artist; she was more noted, however, for drug and alcohol lapses, a sometimes vile personality, and a love-hate relationships with fans. In her most recent attempt to perform, she was booed off the stage and abruptly ended a European tour. So...whether she was an ascending start or just another misguided wannabe, at age 27, she will be the next chapter in The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock and Roll.
This book eulogizes and immortalizes all the "great" musicians who died at age 27, and might make an interesting, though macabre, read since many of them flashed by during my youth, and I recognized all of them by name. Here's the list; you decide whether they were dead too soon or not really worthy of the status we accord them today.

1928 Robert Johnson
1969 Brian Jones
1970 Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin
1971 Jim Morrison
1994 Kurt Cobain
2011 Amy Winehouse

Of course, plenty of musicians and artists (just like regular people) died far too young. It struck me as odd, however, that a significant number died at age 27.
I have a couple of things going for me:
1. I am 'way past 27, and
2. I'm 'way past influencing a large segment of any demographic.


At 8:07 PM, Blogger Mike Knoebel said...

Not a fan of Winehouse, but "The 27s" sure is an odd coincidence!!


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