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Ron "Pigpen" McKernan wonders if he's the only person not tripping inside a warehouse in the burned-out Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, where the Grateful Dead are soundtracking yet another acid test. He further wonders if he's the only one who recognizes the gravity of the situation when the LAPD burst in. Later, he falls hard for a likeminded blues lover who turns on her lovelight. But not before he falls into a pit of despair when he is unknowingly dosed and embarks on a trip from which he may never return. For more info on the 27 CLUB and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan could already feel his influence in the band waning from early on. Even back when the Grateful Dead were still known as the Warlocks. Whereas Pig subsisted on raw power fueled by alcohol and blues music, the rest of the members of the band were functioning on a completely different level. They listened to music, talked literature, and explored the cosmos...while loaded to the gills on LSD. Pig did not partake. He found himself not just playing in a band, but navigating a world of merry pranksters, acid tests, and long, strange trips. For more info on the 27 CLUB and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan was the primary figure and driving force at the core of the Grateful Dead's origin story. He was an old soul, a digger of deep moods, a devotee of biker chic, and a tireless student of the blues. His devotion to classic Americana kept the band grounded even when they found themselves lost in experimental improvisation. But as the Dead evolved and became more famous, Pigpen became more of an outlier. While the rest of the band dropped acid, he drank Thunderbird. While they looked to the future for a new strain of American music, he looked back to the past. And by the time he died in 1973 at the age of 27, the band that Pigpen had started all those years ago no longer had room for him. For more info on the 27 CLUB and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Get ready for Season 5 of the 27 Club to take the strange and not-so-long trip of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, a founding member of the Grateful Dead. Pigpen wasn't just a member of the Dead. He was the Dead. But just like Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones or Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd, Pigpen felt his role in the Grateful Dead shrink as the rest of the band members expanded their minds and their sound. The story of Pigpen is about a major musical and cultural shift that took place as the 1960s gave way to the 1970s. It’s a story of acid tests and bottles of Thunderbird, of angels from hell and a nine-fingered wizard, of busts down on Bourbon Street and shakedowns in the Haight…and of the man who tried to pull his band back down to earth as they continued to get pulled higher into the cosmos. It's a story that ends tragically...at the age of 27. The 27 Club is hosted by Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning Disgraceland podcast, and produced by iHeartRadio and Double Elvis. Season 5, all about Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and the Grateful Dead, launches Thursday, June 9, 2022. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011 at the age of 27, the world mourned. For many, the grim reality was far from surprising. What was surprising, however, was what happened next. Sordid stories were told about her last night that contradicted the accepted narrative. An autopsy was called into question. And years down the line, there was a contested attempt to bring not just her music but her likeness back to life. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Five years had passed since her last album. Her ex-husband was facing jail time for burglary. But Amy Winehouse chose to focus on the positive. She may not have been entirely sober, but she was no longer using. She had found a new person to love, and one who loved her. And then...the bottom dropped out. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
One of Amy Winehouse’s final collaborators was Tony Bennett, who, unbeknownst to her, had his own stories to tell about struggling with addiction and fear. But no one, not even Tony Bennett, could help Amy Winehouse. A concert in Serbia became a new low point. Hallucinations and paranoia turned reality into a nightmare. And there wasn’t one tabloid, blog, or social media platform that wasn’t there to capture it all – every last slip-up and wrong turn. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amy Winehouse wasn’t sure exactly what she was getting into when she accepted a £1million offer to play a private show for an anonymous Russian oligarch. Even more concerning was the uncertainty that lay ahead. After she squandered an opportunity to collaborate with a living legend and tried to burn the bridge of one of her most steadfast musical partners, Amy faced a crossroads. The two paths were clear. One was brightly lit; the other was dark. The choice was surprisingly difficult. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amy Winehouse gravitated towards trouble like a moth to a flame. She hung out with the libertines of London’s seedy society, which regularly left her life in shambles. A multi-day drug binge left her on death’s door. She left decorum at the front door when a holiday trip to the theatre turned violent. Yet despite all this, she still managed to give the people the one thing they were never expecting – hope that it would all turn around soon. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When Amy Winehouse first met with producer Mark Ronson, their candid conversation would become a musical legend. That fateful meeting led to a career-defining song, a critically acclaimed album, and a creative vision that would cement her place in the pop pantheon. It gave her confidence to wage a war against the people who were hurting her the most – and win. But that momentum would prove no match for the steady stream of challenges, from old habits to hurricanes, that refused to disappear. This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners and includes descriptions of an eating disorder. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amy Winehouse made music that sounded like alchemy, thanks in large part to collaborators like producer Salaam Remi. Alchemy was something that became increasingly absent from Amy’s time outside the studio; in its place were lurking paparazzi, incessant boos, cases of Jack Daniels, and a life-sized gallery sculpture that predicted the worst. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There were two sides to Amy Winehouse. One side was triumphant. The other side was a disaster. Two consecutive appearances at the Glastonbury Festival made that crystal clear; one presented Amy at her best, and the other presented her at her lowest. But no matter which side she found herself on, she pulled no punches. She even threw some punches of her own. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amy Winehouse didn’t compromise her sound for anyone. She had her creative vision under control. Meanwhile, her personal life spiraled out of control. She ran for her life down a dark London street following an unhinged and violent domestic dispute. Her money was offered up in an extortion deal to prevent her husband from doing time for the assault of an innocent man. And in 2007, London police made their maiden raid of her Camden flat – and were shocked by what they found inside. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including domestic violence and descriptions of self-harm. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amy Winehouse fused the past with the present to make music for the future. Her own future was compromised by a series of escalating challenges that coincided with the worldwide success of her sophomore album, Back to Black. She accepted a Grammy Award while her beloved Camden burned. Her violent antics inside and outside the pub were pure paparazzi fodder. And just as she reached the upper echelon of British society, new revelations threatened to tear her down. These stories and more on the Season 4 premiere of the 27 Club. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Listen to Season 4 of the 27 Club to hear the insane details behind the life of one of rock's greatest icons — Amy Winehouse. With a voice that seemed to come from another time and an attitude that defied time itself, Amy Winehouse fused the past with the present to make music for the future. But as a central figure in the dawn of 24/7 tabloid and social media celebrity coverage, Amy Winehouse’s story is about much more than the music. At times, it’s about everything but the music. It’s a story of pop idols and police raids, of breakthroughs and breakdowns, of punch-ups and photographers, of triumphant comebacks and violent comedowns...and of a once-in-a-century talent that barely made it into the new century. Jake Brennan, the creator and host of the award-winning Disgraceland podcast, brings you an all new season of the 27 Club that is not to be missed. The 27 Club Season 4 launches on Thursday December 2, 2021. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When Janis Joplin turns up dead in her room at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood on October 4th, 1970, the pressure is on to walk backwards through that fateful day, into that past week, and even back through the past few months to put the puzzle together and find out exactly what happened. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The final months of Janis Joplin’s life are a chaotic blend of ups and downs. She starts a relationship with a drug dealer she just met. She gets into a fight with Jerry Lee Lewis backstage at one of his shows. She races her producer, Paul Rothchild, on the PCH in dueling Porsches. And when she doesn’t show up to the studio for a scheduled session, everyone fears the worst. For more info the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Janis’ relationship with the Hell’s Angels continues to sour. A violent altercation erupts during a show she’s headlining for the San Rafael chapter of the infamous motorcycle gang. Tensions run high at her sold-out shows in cities like Cambridge, Massachusetts, where stories of rock concert riots throughout the country make everyone nervous. And no one is more nervous than producer Paul Rothchild. For more info the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Janis discovers that kicking a habit is easier said than done. She escapes to Rio during Carnival and has an auspicious meeting with someone who helps her through the worst of her withdrawals. Back home, she welcomes unexpected visitors who invite her to keep the party rolling with the Great Tequila Boogie. For more info the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
J. Edgar Hoover digs into the Janis Joplin file on his desk. One of her bandmates goes missing with G-Men hot on his tail. The rest of the band is forced to don homemade disguises. And in the middle of it all, one of Janis’ most iconic songs is smuggled like profound contraband, from the lush backyard of Johnny Cash to the airtight brain of one of Janis’ closest confidantes. For more info the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Lena Fisher

we still doing this shit. really.

May 16th
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April All Year

Texas indeed

Dec 6th
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Feod Akke

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Jul 21st
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Dee Smith

My all time favourite singer 👩‍🎤 Nothing in this podcast would make me think anything else Omg 😱 she’s the GREATEST SINGER

Apr 22nd
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Chuck Norris

love the flow of this podcast, it's incredible.

Nov 3rd
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N Me

well done! the grit of the time & industry are well portrayed..i really enjoyed the show.

Aug 12th
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Tessa S

Wait did he just say “overwrought psychedelic Sinatraisms?” This is the best podcast EVER.

Aug 11th
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Karen Thomas

Jimbo should have gotten a vasectomy.

Aug 6th
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Johnny Utah

JIM MORRISON IS STILL ALIVE AND WILL LIVE FOREVER!!!

Jul 16th
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M Morr

not happy about the sexual content in adds. unpleasing and I cannot recommend this to anyone when the adds are talking about sexual performance. off putting and a Downer. is that the best advertiser you could come up with. sexual performance. lame and stupid.

Jun 29th
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M Morr

this is good. will you venture past artist that did not pass away @27? would be interested bin that too.

May 15th
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Ryan J Harris

Can’t wait for Jim Morrison! When is that starting!!?

Apr 24th
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N Me

nice nod to the great Hunter S., great episode..well, well done Sir!

Apr 22nd
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Bryan Ruiz

awesome Jake. Hey you said you were going to do one about Selena I'm from corpus christi her hometown can't wait for that one

Apr 20th
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Perigrine77

Best episode yet with the best rock voice ever Jake Brenner

Mar 5th
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Perigrine77

I’m gonna say that this is the best podcast by far THE BEST Jake Brenner has done. Awesomely done brotha

Feb 28th
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Perigrine77

GET DOWN BROTHA!!! Jake Brennan you make us hate the wait for the the next cast. Good stuff

Feb 14th
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Mark Maitland

Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to listen.

Feb 8th
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Alack Roberts

holy fuck that ad with that british dude is TERRIBLE! nobody wants to hear an ad where you're being screamed at.

Jan 31st
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