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Book Review: ’27: A History Of The 27 Club’ by Howard Sounes

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If Howard Sounes’ 27: A History Of The 27 Club covers a subject that might seem uncomfortable or even a bit morbid to some, the author can at least be forgiven for doing so in a mostly even-handed, and tasteful manner.

27bookcoverThe book title takes its cue from the mythology – and in particular the famous quote from Kurt Cobain’s mother following his 1994 suicide, about how “he’s gone and joined that stupid club” – surrounding those rock stars who died prematurely at the age of 27.

Although the “27 Club” boasts a membership numbering about 50 – you’ll find a complete list of them in the back of this book – Sounes focuses on what he calls “the big six”: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Cobain, and Amy Winehouse.

As the most recent casualty…

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