27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse

A History of the Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones Jim Morrison Janis Joplin Jimi Hendrix Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse When singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home in the press inducted her into what Kurt Cobain s mother named the Club Now he s gone and joined that stupid club she said in

  • Title: 27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse
  • Author: Howard Sounes
  • ISBN: 9780306821684
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home in 2011, the press inducted her into what Kurt Cobain s mother named the 27 Club Now he s gone and joined that stupid club, she said in 1994, after being told that her son, the front man of Nirvana, had committed suicide I told him not to Kurt s mom was referring to the extraordinary roll call of iconic stWhen singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home in 2011, the press inducted her into what Kurt Cobain s mother named the 27 Club Now he s gone and joined that stupid club, she said in 1994, after being told that her son, the front man of Nirvana, had committed suicide I told him not to Kurt s mom was referring to the extraordinary roll call of iconic stars who died at the same young age The Big Six are Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison of the Doors, Kurt Cobain and, now, Amy Winehouse All were talented All were dissipated All were 27.Journalists write about the curse of the 27 Club as if there is a supernatural reason for this series of deaths Others invoke astrology, numerology, and conspiracy theories to explain what has become a modern mystery In this haunting book, author Howard Sounes conducts the definitive forensic investigation into the lives and deaths of the six most iconic members of the Club, plus another forty four music industry figures who died at 27, to discover what, apart from coincidence, this phenomenon signifies.In a grimly fascinating journey through the dark side of the music business over six decades, Sounes uncovers a common story of excess, madness, and self destruction The fantasies, half truths, and mythologies that have become associated with Jones, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Cobain, and Winehouse are debunked Instead a clear and compelling narrative emerges, one based on hard facts, that unites these lost souls in both life and death.

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    1. This made for a semi-entertaining readbut I have to say the title of this should should have been "How Amy Winehouse - and Some Other People - Died. Oh, and They Were 27."Not only that but there was a lot of assassination of character happening here, all of which seemed to be based on supposition, complete speculation, and the very clearly biased opinion of the author. He made Jim Morrison sound like a complete psychopath, and a huge dick to boot. Not saying he was perfect by any means, but real [...]

    2. DNF @ 63%Okuduğum zaman bu kadar bilgi bana fazla geldiğinden sonra okumak üzere kenara kaldırmıştım fakat aradan bayağı zaman geçti ve bir daha elime alacağımı sanmıyorum.

    3. I gave this book one star for teaching me the lesson of being less impulsive in what I choose to read. Utter crap. This book looked so promising-a subject that interests me, 3 of my favorite musicians (Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison) and a fresh take on their lives and connections. Boy, was I fooled. This book is like falling downhill--it just gets worse and worse as it goes. It starts out promisingly (though as other reviewers have noted, it is more about Amy Winehouse than any of [...]

    4. This is a highly selective look at the so-called "27 club," specifically about six prominent members. Sounes briefly tries to find some thematic connection between all of the members, but ultimately he just focuses on the six most self-destructive. He considers these six to be the most well-known of those musicians who died at the now infamous age of 27, but I'm not sure that most people would consider Brian Jones to be a more recognizable name than Robert Johnson or Otis Redding. Sounes was obv [...]

    5. The author's basic premise is that dying at age 27 is a coincidence but then spends considerable time documentating even more absurd coincidences with nary an insight in sight. Cobain and Winehouse liked their grandmothers! Morrison and Winehouse thought children were fun!

    6. 27By Howard Sounes; Da Capo Press, 2013 Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse all died at 27 years of age, as did many other musicians over the years. Over time, these stars, amongst others, have been dubbed as "members of the 27 club".Howard Sounes, new book "27" is a fabulously researched and well written analysis of the lives and deaths of these stars, in order to determine if the "27 club" myth actually revealed any significant links between th [...]

    7. I was very impressed by the author's thorough research and his sane and balanced viewpoint. He writes well and I found it quite compelling. The stories of the '27' Club's principal members are sobering (quite ironic given the role of alcohol in so many of the stories) and generally sad. Most of them were intelligent, nice people who went through a traumatic childhood and did not have the mental strength to cope with all that fame and fortune brings. Nor we're they served well by family, friends [...]

    8. 4.5 Stars!An excellent book, well-researched and well-presented. It deals with the sudden deaths of Amy Winehouse and the big 5 of the so-called "27 club" (Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain). Author Howard Sounes draws parallels between what these stars shared: their artistic sides, their troubled youths, their likely psychological issues (often caused by childhood upheavals), their ascent to fame and their difficulties in coping with the fame and the associat [...]

    9. I wanted to like this book.Sadly I didn't really like it.I won this book in the giveaways and I was very excited to get it in the mail. I even planned to read it regardless of if I won it or not, I already had it on my hold list at the library.Going into this book I was expecting it to be mostly about Amy. I did understand there would be parts about the other big six, but I was not expecting the amount that there was. The author wrote just as much about the other big six individually as they did [...]

    10. This was a lot better than I though it was going to be - I was expecting a fairly sensationalist, cash in on Winehouse's death tacking on the myth of the 27 club and some of its other members. Instead, Sounes begins by looking at whether the 'club' has credibility - finding yes there is a peak at age 27 of musicians dying - but expressing reservations that the myth has been inflated. He gives equal time to exploring the rise, sometimes fall and reasons for the untimely demises of Brian Jones, Ji [...]

    11. Good music; tragic, short lives. This book is focused on the life and death of Amy Winehouse and uses the lives of five other musicians that died at 27 to show the similarities in their early lives, careers and deaths. Instead of straightforward biographies on each subject, Sounes tells about a part of life for each musician at a time, like childhood, teenage years, early careers, and so on. I enjoyed the book and am glad I read it, but it's depressing to read about all the addiction and mental [...]

    12. It starts and ends with Amy Winehouse. Not because she's the most talented of the artists profiled, or the most prolific. Far from it. She's simply the most recent high-profile example of a chain of events that most closely resembles a slow-motion train wreck. Rooted in a prodigious talent, coupled with self-esteem issues, a penchant for substance abuse, in an industry where death often translates directly into dollars - 27 is an fascinating expose of the fragility of our heros, who are only peo [...]

    13. I'm an avid Joplin fan so this book grabbed my attention. The author does an okay job of working though the idea of the "27 Club," as he walks readers through each artist's personal life and path to fame. In my opinion, he spends a bit too much time on Amy Winehouse, but I learned a lot about Jones, Hendrix, and Morrison. I liked how he talked about the emergence of conspiracy theorists in most of the artists' deaths. I really enjoyed learning more about Janis and Kurt. All in all, an okay read. [...]

    14. I genuinely enjoyed this book, mainly due to the subject matter. All of the musicians mentioned are interesting characters, and the author does a good job describing their lives leading up until the point of their deaths. I was slightly disappointed there wasn't much research into the theories or ideas of the phenomenon of the 27 club. I think if the book branched out more and discussed how famous celebrities sometimes pass away at a young age, not just 27, it would have been more substantial.

    15. Fun, fast read and interesting. I like that the author includes all the myths and legends but doesn't necessarily give them clout. I have been interested in the subject as a casual reader and didn't honestly know how many of some of the best bands out there have a member in the "club". I also didn't know much about Brian Jones before and would be interested to read more about his life.

    16. Loved it. A lot of discussion about Amy Winehouse, which was interesting, but I wish there was an equal amount of information regarding everyone else. This book cuts through the fat and gives real fact and ignores the conspiracy theories which I liked.

    17. The misplaced blame, placed rather angrily upon significant others and parents, for untimely deaths of music greats really left a bad taste in my mouth.

    18. This book contains an appendix listing the many musicians who died at the age of 27 from various causes, many from abusing drugs &/or alcohol. The author did a statistical analysis that suggests that there is a spike in the number that died at 27. The book focuses on 6 well known musicians who died at 27: Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain & Amy Winehouse. The book spent a little too much time on Amy Winehouse for my taste, probably because the author was [...]

    19. This book is a STRUGGLE. I've found myself skipping full paragraphs because I'm just so bored. It does cover the 6 artist listed but Amy is the focal point and her story is the least interesting to me. I could be reading it at a bad time, sometimes books just don't fit into the moment, ya know? but i dont think id ever pick this up again. I'm powering through it, skipping lines if i need to, just to feel like I got something out of it.

    20. Enjoyable, well-paced mini biographies of these musicians and their deaths, with some real statistics on "the curse". Did a good job of finding common threads between these tragic figures, and address the issues that put them all in the same boat.

    21. A fun and interesting read, but ultimately a bit too conspiratorial for my tastes. The author can be a little judgmental toward his subjects. However, there is some good information and fair speculation here about some famous people.

    22. I enjoyed this book but read it over the course of several months while reading other things. Interesting but no big surprises here for music fans.

    23. It ached me to read this, about what made the members of the 27 club, eventually become members of the 27 club It was ruthless, and really really sad. But also 100% fascinating.

    24. How I Came To Read This Book: I received a free copy from the publisher to review for my blog.The Plot: When Amy Winehouse passed away a couple of years ago, it caused many people to once again bring up the coincidental ’27 Club’, featuring a multitude of musicians that died at this young age. Howard Sounes takes a journalistic approach to looking at the ‘club’ as a whole, as well as the six biggest names to join it – Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain a [...]

    25. (As seen on Sounds of Silva)There is no other mystery in the music world more prominent than that of the 27 Club, referring to the collection of artists who have passed away at that relatively young age early in their careers. An usual spike at age 27 in the amount of deaths of musicians in the public eye has led to this look by author Howard Sounes into the lives of the six most prominent members of the club, starting with Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones and continuing with the recent passin [...]

    26. I was torn between reading this book now or in a week after I turn 28, but I just decided to risk tempting fate and read it as a 27 year old. I think I will be okay, as it turns out, this book does give you a pretty solid indication of the connections between the members of the 27 Club. A broken home + underlying mental illness + intense pressure of musical fame + LOTS of hardcore drugs (especially heroin) = the recipe to end up in the 27 Club. So while I may never accomplish musically what thes [...]

    27. It has become engraved in urban legend and folklore that many prominent entertainers, particularly musicians, die during the 27th year of their lives. The author of this book, Howard Sounes, examines this phenomena through the lens of six of the most prominent members of the "27 Club," musicians Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. What results is a mix of dogged journalism and TMZ-like gossip mongering. A sordid path of addiction runs through the [...]

    28. I picked this book up for no other reason than I'm turning 27 soon and I wanted to know what to look out for. Joking aside, this book is a passable run-through of the most famous of the 27 Club—and unfortunately doesn't reach any new information or insights into these coincidental deaths. I imagine when this was published some of the Amy Winehouse sections were new, but they're covered much better in the documentary "Amy." The Brian Jones section was the most interesting, because he's the leas [...]

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