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by Sounes, Howard, 1965-

Format: Book on CD 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks (CD) ML394.S686 2013cx
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Open Stacks
Call Number  (CD) ML394.S686 2013cx
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 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Rolling Stones cofounder Brian Jones drowned in his swimming pool; Jimi Hendrix overdosed and choked on his own vomit in a London hotel; Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin; Jim Morrison died of heart failure while in the bathtub of a Paris hotel room; Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself; Amy Winehouse drank herself to death. All are members of the notorious 27 Club: they all died prematurely young at the age of 27. Their stories are fascinating pieces of music trivia, but Sounes (Fab, 2010) is interested in why they behaved the way they did. What specifically made them so self-destructive? (Sounes includes an appendix of an additional 44 members of the 27 Club, including the bluesman Robert Johnson.) Although only Cobain deliberately committed suicide, Sounes argues that all six killed themselves. All were intelligent and talented, he maintains, but most had personality problems of some sort, such as depression or bipolar disorder; in addition, many were the children of divorced parents and had low self-esteem. Fans of these musicians will be intrigued and saddened by this fascinating and tragic account.--Sawyers, June Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The "27 Club" is a term that designates the group of popular musicians (and those associated with the music industry) who have died at the age of 27. Focusing on the key six members of this group of musicians (the appendix names a total of 50), Sounes mixes biography with investigative journalism, social science, and rock history into a work that is as engrossing as it is depressing. With Winehouse's death being the most recent and therefore the least examined, the author rightfully spends the most time exploring her backstory and the events surrounding her death. In doing so he uncovers a host of tell-tale signs-rocky parental relationships, substance abuse, self-doubt, addiction, distrust of celebrity, suicidal/fearless behavior-that he uses to connect her life and untimely death with those of the other tortured stars that preceded her to the grave. Though he doesn't pull any punches when it comes to sensitive information about his subjects, he does write with a care that is refreshing for a topic that could easily devolve into ambulance chasing. Sounes, a true crime writer, is especially incisive when it comes to dispatching conspiracy theories built around many of these deaths. He captures the sad truth behind a club for which a youthful death is the only entree. (b&w photos not seen by PW) (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Jones, Brian, -- 1942-1969.
Hendrix, Jimi.
Joplin, Janis.
Morrison, Jim, -- 1943-1971.
Cobain, Kurt, -- 1967-1994.
Winehouse, Amy, -- 1983-2011.
Rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Rock musicians -- United States -- Death.
Rock musicians -- England -- Biography.
Rock musicians -- England -- Death.
Singers -- United States -- Biography.
Singers -- England -- Biography.
Singers -- United States -- Death.
Singers -- England -- Death.
Publisher [Old Saybrook, Connecticut?] :2013
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles 27 :
Contributors McLaren, Todd Parker, narrator.
Tantor Media, publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Todd McLaren.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 11 audio discs (13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781452617787
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