Tinfoil Alley: The Conspiracy of the 27 Club
On Aug. 16, 1938 legendary guitarist Robert Johnson dies after drinking a poisoned bottle of whiskey. On July 3, 1969 Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones is found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool. On Sept. 18, 1970 the greatest guitar player of all time Jimi Hendrix chokes on his own vomit after taking a large amount of sleeping pills. On Oct. 4, 1970 psychedelic rocker Janis Joplin dies of a heroin and alcohol overdose. On July 3, 1971 The Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison is found dead in his hotel bathroom of suspected heart failure due to a drug overdose. On April 5, 1995 Nirvana’s frontman Kurt Cobain is found dead of a suspected suicide gunshot to the head. On July 23, 2011 singer Amy Winehouse is found dead due to an alcohol overdose, her BAC at the time was five-times the legal drink-drive limit.
These seven musicians are all connected because of their deaths, which make them part of a cursed club known as “The 27 Club.” The curse of “The 27 Club” has haunted the music industry for some time now, claiming the lives of some of its most successful artists at the young age of 27. Aside from the seven artists already mentioned, there are around 37 other artists apart of the club, according to the website Forever 27. The list of artists in the club spans all the way from 1892 to the present day.
The club wasn’t really a thing until the deaths of four 27-year-old superstars in the 1970s. The deaths of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison sparked the debate about “The 27 Club.” However, the club didn’t start to gain popularity until the death of Kurt Cobain in 1995. His mother was quoted in a interview talking about the “The 27 Club” when asked about her son’s death. Her interview got people talking about the club again, and with modern technology it spread all across the country.
There is also a strange myth surrounding “The 27 Club,” which is that of the white lighter. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain were all said to of been found dead with a white Bic lighter in their possession. Since then, the white lighter has become an omen lighter among cigarette smokers and stoners all around. The myth, however, has been debunked recently due to the fact Bic didn’t start selling disposable lighters until 1973. Even though this myth has been debunked, it still adds mystery to the “The 27 Club”.
Each of the seven musicians deaths mentioned were all considered suspicious and some didn’t have an autopsy performed on them. So how did all of these great musicians die at a young age? Did they make a deal with the devil to have him come claim their souls at the age of 27? Was is it their rockstar lifestyles? Was it depression? Some of these musicians even predicted their own deaths earlier in life. It’s said Kurt Cobain told a classmate at the age of 14 he would become a successful musician and go out in a blaze of glory, like Jimi Hendrix. Amy Winehouse was even quoted three years before her death saying she believed she would die at a young age and join the 27 club. It was even said the night before Jim Morrison's death, he was reminiscing through old photographs and he was acting strange. So did these musicians know who or what was coming for them? Or do all of their deaths just happen to be a coincidence?
Written by Alex St. Peters