Thursdays Middle of the Week “classic” rock, Part 2: Club of 27…

(Photo by Jonathan Kis-Lev)

You could say they should make the best rock…”classic rock”…band in heaven, but I doubt it. These were individuals, all searching, all developing, experimenting and growing as artists and you must do that on your own. I would prefer to think they each have a mansion in Heaven and there they are creating incredible music…

The reason why it is called the Club of 27 is that these rock stars all died at the age of 27. Since the first member, who I believe was Robert Johnson, the blues singer-guitarist who died in 1938, many have lost their lives at that age. However, there is no scientific proof that would certify that, although the lives of many of these rock stars was lived rather dangerously, due to drugs, alcohol and possible misadventures, that the risk of death was greater at the age of 27. I have to say that this is another mystery of rock and roll, which has many. Between the death of Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) on the 3rd of July 1969 and the death of Jim Morrison, also on the 3rd of July but of 1971, we lost Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. There were many more to follow…

These are some of the biggest names in the club:

Brian jones |
(Brian Jones 1942-1969)
Jimi Hendrix on Pinterest | Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Jimi ... | Jimi  hendrix, Hendrix, Musica
(Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970)
Página Negra Janis Joplin: La pequeña niña azul - La Nación
(Janis Joplin 1943-1970)
FM 2: Los textos perdidos de Jim Morrison (The Doors) -
(Jim Morrison 1943-1971)
Se cumplen 25 años de la muerte de Kurt Cobain: así fueron los últimos días  del genio de Nirvana | Celebrities
(Kurt Cobain 1967-1994)
Blind Owl's Blues And The Story Of Canned Heat | uDiscover
(Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson of Canned Heat 1943-1970)
Efemérides Musicales: Pete Ham
(Pete Ham of Badfinger 1947-1975)
Cecilia, cronista de una España en extinción -
Cecilia 1948-1976)
Amy Winehouse dejó una herencia de 3,5 millones de euros | Cultura |
(Amy Winehouse 1983-2011)

Of course there have been many more deaths, mishaps and tragedies. Great figures like John Lennon, Keith Moon and John Bonham among others have lost their lives in different ways and in different times in their lives, not at the age of 27. But some of those deaths are strange as well. May they all rest in peace.

If you are aware of other mysteries that surround the lives of rock stars or the rock and roll world in general, I would like to hear them. I have read several books on the subject and I am convinced there is a dark side. I look forward to hearing from you.


THE MURAL: It’s in Tel Aviv, Israel and was painted by Itai Froumin, Roman Kozhokin and Jonathan Kis-Lev, and it includes, between Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The last figure could be the artist Jonathan Kis-Lev (who is alive).



  1. spwilcen · December 17

    Yunh. Car crashes, aircraft prangs, off-kilter parents, lot of odd stuff. Gotta ask. Isn’t that life? Curiosity just seems greater when it’s someone famously large. As humans, we just look to connect the dots. No dots? We look for dots. Interesting post. Wow. Looked at the clock. Famously late for you in Valencia. Sleep well. No. Wait. FBC doesn’t sleep.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · December 17

      Oh no, I do sleep, some days even siestas… But I agree with you, we’re always looking to connect the dots, I think it’s because we’re looking for a solution to boredom, what do you think?

      • spwilcen · December 18

        Z-z-z-z-z huh? What? Oh, hey. I don’t think it’s boredom in my case. Curiosity, wonder, amusement, sometimes plain old nosiness. I can’t spare time for boredom.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · December 18

        That sounds good then SP, I’m at war against boredom too! 😊

  2. tiffanyarpdaleo · December 18

    A sad list of great talent lost.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · December 19

      Yes. So much talent and so little time…who knows what more they could have offered music and our ears. Thanks Tiffany, all the best,

  3. ourcrossings · December 18

    These are all very talented who died too young, and unfortunately the list is very long. Could there be a mystery surrounding age’s apparent curse, who knows!

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