Before he died, Kurt Cobain’s mother used to plead with her famous son “not to join that stupid club.” The club in question is the morose collective of famous musicians who died at the age of 27. Amy Winehouse became its tragic newest member on Saturday.
JIMI HENDRIX (1942-1970) This left-handed guitarist is credited with revolutionizing the way the electric guitar is played, and within his brief recording career he showed so much innovation that we are only left to speculate how different music would be today had he lived longer.
JANIS JOPLIN (1943-1970) Joplin was known for her partying as much as her goose-bump-inducing bluesy howl. She came to prominence as singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
JIM MORRISON (1943-1971) The Doors singer trafficked heavily in prophecies of his own death, from his lyrical imagery of breaking on through to the other side to ghosts crowding his mind to his chants of “no one gets out of here alive!” on the Doors song, Five to One.
KURT COBAIN (1967-1994) The Nirvana singer’s brash approach to music reinvigorated rock ‘n’ roll in the ’90s and like many of the artists in the Forever 27 Club, his image and iconography can still be seen on dorm room posters and T-shirts everywhere.