Wednesday, 6 July 2011

So you want to be a legend? Then die at 27!

Suicide, murders, car crashes, drug over dose; and hardly a trace of ‘death by natural causes’!
C.S.I. investigators would have a field day solving the mysteries and the sagas of the World of Rock and Roll. The list of young artists who departed this earth, in unusual circumstances, while still in the service of that hard demanding mistress, music, is long! 
Jimi and Brain both gone at 27

Richey Edwards
This phenomenon has led to the myths of deals with the devil or murderous plots from scheming beneficiaries - I’m not leaning towards any hypothesis, but that the young age of twenty-seven plays a sinister role in these macabre endings, is to say the least, mystifying!  The beginning of this grim occurrence does not start with the accidental death of Rolling Stone, Brain Jones, nor does it end with the suicide of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. The first recorded occurrence of such deaths goes way back to 1908 when leading ragtime musician Louis Chauvin dies of syphilis at the age of 27. This is followed in 1938 by the poisoning of blues legend Robert Johnson. So the curse passes through the years, taking prominent victims, such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, with it on the way. As is the way for misfortune, it has no pity on the next of kin, as in the case of Richey Edwards from The Manic Street Preachers, who disappeared in 1995- never to be seen again!
Jim Morrison mug shot
The last known artist to be accepted into the ‘Forever 27 Club’ was well known Zambian musician Lily Tembo in 2009, which brought the gory membership to 50! It’s enough to make you wonder if Jagger/Richards got it right when they wrote If I could stick a knife in my heart, Suicide right on stage, would it be enough for your teenage lust’.
Yes, it is Rock and Roll, and yes I do like it, but for some it can be a killer!

It is with sadness that since I wrote this post another young artist has died at the age of 27. Amy Winehouse who departed this earth today, Saturday the 23rd of July. R.I.P

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1 comment:

  1. How about this: In numerology the number 9 (27 = 2+7 = 9) stands for completion, the ending of an energetic cycle. As 9 is also symbolised by the planet Mars (denoting assertion of positive energy), this is both a creative and destructive force. There you are ...