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What is the forever 27 Club and who is part of it?

If you are a musician and you are over 27, then you will never be able to join this club, and good for you! Today we return to its history and especially to who is part of it.

The 27 Club brings together famous rock and blues artists who died during their 27th year.

Also called Forever 27, or 27 club, it made a notable return to the media in 2011 when Amy Whinehouse died, at the age of 27.

At the origin of the name, and especially of the idea that there is a cursed age, we find the deaths of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison between July 1969 and July 1971. This succession of famous deaths brings to the idea that the 27th year would be the ideal age to disappear at the height of one's glory. This will be reinforced in 1994 with the death of Kurt Cobain.

Why do artists die at 27 ?

Science, once again, plays the killjoy. According to a study carried out by Australian statisticians in 2011, there is no greater risk for a famous musician to die at the age of 27. To do this, they observed the journey of 1056 musicians who had at least one of their albums number one in sales in the United Kingdom between 1956 and 2007. A study carried out in 2012 by the British on 1489 artists of the 20th century arrived at the same conclusion, you are no more likely to die at 27 while being famous.

Who is part of the 27 Club ?

As the Club of 27 is not officially recognized, no list is definitive and all are subject to interpretation depending on the musical style, or the notoriety of the person. However, a hard core seems to stand out.

The club of 27 is made up of:

  • Robert Johnson (August 16, 1938, circumstances unknown)

  • Brian Jones (July 3, 1969, drowned in his swimming pool)

  • Jimi Hendrix (September 18, 1970, asphyxiation)

  • Janis Joplin (October 4, 1970, heroin overdose)

  • Jim Morrison (July 3, 1971, heart attack)

  • Kurt Cobain (April 5, 1994, suicide by shooting)

  • Amy Winehouse (July 23, 2011, accidental death)

27 is also the age at which our musical tastes freeze, is there a link?


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