woensdag 27 juli 2011

Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jim morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix.

"A coincidence is an event notable for its occurring in conjunction with other conditions"
So its safe to say that all these artists dieing at the age of 27 and being found dead in their hotelrooms could have been a coincidence, what else could have been the reason?

let's see of any of these artists have anything in common.

Amy Jade Winehouse:  (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011)

was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz.

  • Her debut album 'Frank' was critically succesfull.
  • Problems with drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Self ditructive behaviours.
  • Cause of her death: "yet unexplained"

Died at the age of 27

Kurt Cobain: (20 februari 1967–ca. 5 april 1994)

Was an American singer-songwriter, musician and artist, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana.
  • Sudden breakthrough with "Smells like teen spirit" from their second album Nevermind (1991)
  • Withnesses a lot of domestic violence at early age.
  • Sold over 50 million albums world wide.
  • Used drugs since High school.

Died at the age of 27

Found dead in his hotelroom in Seatlle, with a shotgunwound in the head.
Untill today its not sure if it was Murder of Suicide. If it was suicide, could we blame the drugs for that?

Jim morrison:  (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971)

James Douglas "Jim" Morrison  was an American lead singer and lyricist of the rock band The Doors, as well as a poet.
Jim Morrison would often improvise poem passages while the band played live, which was his trademark. Morrison was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", and number 22 on Classic Rock Magazine's"50 Greatest Singers In Rock.

  • Traumatised at young age by withnessing a  car accident in the desert, where a family of American Indians were injured and possibly killed. "Indians scattered all over the highway, bleeding to death." But for some reason he enjoyed exaggerating it.
  • After Graduating he led a "Bohemian" lifestyle living on the rooftops of buildings.
  • After his breakthrough he started living the "Rock 'n' Roll" life, including the drugs.

Died at the age of 27

Found dead in his apartment-room in Paris, no autopsy was performed because the medical examiner claimed to have found no evidence of foul play. The absence of an official autopsy has left many questions regarding Morrison's cause of death.

Janis Joplin:  (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

Janis Joplin was an American singer, songwriter, painter, dancer and music arranger. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist with her backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. At the height of her career she was known as The Queen of Rock and Roll as well as The Queen of Psychedelic Soul. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

  • Used drugs such as Heroin and Cocain.
  • Had drinking problems.
  • Also had a sudden breakthrough.

Died at the age of 27

No one exactly knows knows what the exact cause of her death was, no autopsy was done because the docter said that the cuase of her death was obvious: heroin. But this has never been proven.

Jimi Hendrix: (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)

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was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in musical history, and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres.

Hendrix got into trouble with the law twice for riding in stolen cars. He was given a choice between spending two years in prison or joining the Army. Hendrix chose the latter and enlisted on May 31, 1961. After completing basic training, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His commanding officers and fellow soldiers considered him to be a subpar soldier: he slept while on duty, had little regard for regulations, required constant supervision, and showed no skill as a marksman. For these reasons, his commanding officers submitted a request that Hendrix be discharged from the military after he had served only one year.

  • Got himself a lot of times into trouble.
  • Broke through woth his band: The Jimi Hendrx experience
  • Used drugs just as cannabis, LSD, heroin and cocain
  • Had an unique sense of fashion

Died at the age of 27

In a hotelroom in London, cause of death was an overdose of sleepingpills, he took nine while the normal dose was a half tablet as stated in the literature.

Remarkable is that all these artists have a lot in common. I know no conclusions can be drawn from things that can be found on the internet. But let's say we can in this case.

  • They all used drugs, some more than others.
  • They all had sudden breakthrough's.
  • Some of them showed suicidale behaviour.
  • Some withnessed may traumatising things at young age.
  • No one of them comes from a wealthy family.

Combination of the sudden changes in their lifes and the use of drugs may in some cases have led to self-distructive behaviour.

Or maybe, the 27th life-year is the good age to die for a musician, and in this way achieving the “legendary” status.

Club 27.

Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jim morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, all died at the age of 27. But this is just a fraction of all the artists that died at their 27th.

Alexandre Levy, Louis Chauvin, Robert Johnson, Nat Jaffe, Jesse Belvin, Rudy Lewis, Malcolm Hale,
Dickie Pride, Alexandra, Alan Wilson, Arlester "Dyke" Christian, Linda Jones, Leslie Harvey,
Ron "Pigpen" McKern, Roger Lee Durham, Wallace Yohn, Dave Alexander, Pete Ham, Gary Thain, Cecilia, Helmut Köllen, Chris Bell, Jacob Miller, D. Boon, Alexander Bashlachev, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pete de Freitas, Mia Zapata, Kristen Pfaff, Richey Edwards, Stretch, Fat Pat, Freaky Tah, Sean Patrick McCabe, Rodrigo Bueno, Maria Serrano Serrano, Jeremy Michael Ward, Bryan Ottoson, Valentín Elizalde, Orish Grinstead,

Lily Tembo.

Some lists include other musician who died at the age of 27. Cobain and Hendix biographer Charles R. Cross writes, "the number of musician who died at 27 is truly remarkable. Although humans die regularly at all ages there is a statistical spike for musicians who died at 27"