Archive for July 25, 2011

Club 27

July 25, 2011 2 comments

So poor Amy Winehouse has surprised few of us and opted (whether by accident or intent we may never know) to join one of the most select clubs around.

The number of musicians and artists that have died at the age of 27 is truly remarkable, a who’s who of unquestionable and precocious ability that was just too unruly and ultimately came with too high a price or too many strings attached for its owner to keep on top of it all….

Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pete de Freitas, Kurt Cobain, Richey Edwards, and now Amy Winehouse all sadly checked out in their own way at the tender age of 27.

I don’t think there’s anything significant about the age of 27, or that any of these deaths are in any way connected, although it would appear that most of them died in either controversial or unexplained circumstances, and mostly related to drugs and excess (which in itself could tell us something about what it takes to be a genius). There are obviously thousands of very talented people who don’t die at 27, so I think that it’s more one of those strange coincidences that anything else.

I wont lie to you, I’ve never been a fan of Amy Winehouse. It’s sad that someone who obviously had talent, couldn’t seem to cope with the successes that it offered, but it would be hypocritical of me to put her picture up on my blog. Hence the rather excellent photos of Messrs Hendrix, Cobain and Basquiat.

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