Welcome to Club 27

Ever hear of the “27 Club?” It’s not something you want to subscribe to, and given the demographics of my readership, the opportunity has long passed us by. The 27 Club is a list of well-known musicians who “bit the dust” at the age of twenty-seven. The term took off in 1994 when Kurt Cobain of Nirvana shot himself. The drug-addled musician was depressed and obsessed he might lose his house. At that point the media began to link the fact Cobain was 27, the same age as the demise of rockers Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones. One publication stated the 27 Club is “one of the most elusive and remarkably tragic coincidences in rock history.” You suppose the author of that last line had a flair for the dramatic.