The 27 Club

The 27 Club

Update: 2019-01-3013
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On this episode,​ we talk about the infamously tragic collection of now-classic music stars that died at the height of their careers but at a very early age; now collectively known as The 27 Club. Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin were the original three dying at the end of the 60s and leaving behind them the legacy of one of the wildest and most progressive periods in human history. Their passing sounded a death knell for the counterculture and its hopes for the future.

Fast forward to the 90s and a seeming revival of 60 cultural progressiveness and also the tragic death of Kurt Cobain by suicide. Cobain's death reinvigorated the 27 Club mythos and people started to wonder what was it about the age 27 that caused so much heartache coupled with unbridled success? In recent years others have been added to the roster of the 27 Club like most recently Amy Winehouse but others still are being posthumously gilded with the moniker of 'worthy' of entry. Jean Michel Basquiat, a new york artist who died in the 80s was added just a few years ago; and actor Anton Yelchin was considered after his untimely death in a car accident. The conditions for entry seem to have been relaxed then, with only the most influential and prolific creators gaining admission for the first 40 years and now it seems, the arbitrary factor of age make you an eligible candidate

Many other more influential people die older but still don't​ get the accolades The 27 Club do; like Heath Ledger who died at 28 and just missed the boat; or John Bonham dying at a ripe old 32. There must be some sort of reason the memory of the originals were kept alive for so long? The involvement of those original three, Jim, Jimi and Janis, in the Laurel Canyon movement of the 60s and the infiltration of counter culture,​ could have something to do with it. Their deaths were​ also quite suspicious, either by overdose, or suicide, or both, and​ Jim Morrison may not be dead at all.

We will never know why people put so much value on the cult of celebrity but the ever increasing vacuousness​ of today's musical artists and reality TV stars may leave slim pickings for future members of the 27 club as far a quality goes, but there will be plenty of quantity

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Comments (4)

Calvin Van Vuuren

please for the love of God dont have that Garth fella back. There's arguing a point, and then theres just being dismissive of anything that doesn't fit his view. great show, just incredibly painful when someone continuously argues for the sake of it

Jun 23rd
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Chris Tubby C Parkin

omg don't invite that Garth bk he is such a douche. not because he has different views. he just very dismissive. is he open minded or just pretends to be. he ruins your show, had to turn off because his voice reminds me of a women trying to be right

Feb 2nd
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Dyall By Design

i dont think garth well be back lol

Feb 1st
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Alex Holmes

Dyall By Design I fucking hope not.

Feb 1st
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