27: A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian by Howard Sounes

By Howard Sounes

Rolling Stones cofounder Brian Jones drowned in his swimming pool; Jimi Hendrix overdosed and choked on his personal vomit in a London lodge; Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin; Jim Morrison died of center failure whereas within the tub of a Paris lodge room; Kurt Cobain devoted suicide through taking pictures himself; Amy Winehouse drank herself to dying. All are individuals of the infamous 27 membership: all of them died in advance younger on the age of 27. Their tales are attention-grabbing items of song minutiae, yet Sounes (Fab, 2010) is attracted to why they behaved the way in which they did. What particularly made them so self-destructive? (Sounes comprises an appendix of an extra forty four contributors of the 27 membership, together with the bluesman Robert Johnson.) even though purely Cobain intentionally dedicated suicide, Sounes argues that every one six killed themselves. All have been clever and proficient, he continues, yet such a lot had character difficulties of a few kind, similar to melancholy or bipolar ailment; additionally, many have been the kids of divorced mom and dad and had low vainness. enthusiasts of those musicians should be intrigued and saddened through this interesting and tragic account.

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He [Dad] got married and after that I was one of the last things of importance on his list,’ Kurt complained. ’ Kurt was sent to stay with relatives, including Wendy’s brother Chuck and his wife. Chuck played drums in a rock band and helped Kurt develop an interest in music, buying him an electric guitar and arranging for him to have lessons. ‘[His] main goal was to play “Stairway to Heaven”, which he denied later on,’ says Warren Mason, who taught Kurt guitar and gave him advice on songwriting.

He also had a marked musical talent, which was not true of them all. His was a musical home, with Dad playing the organ and Mum giving piano lessons to local children. Unlike many rock musicians, Brian learned to read and write music, and he played a variety of instruments to a high standard, including the piano, clarinet, saxophone and guitar. ‘He could pick up any instrument, particularly stringed instruments, and find his way around them,’ recalls Peter ‘Buck’ Jones (no relation), who played with Brian in a local band.

Drug use was depressingly common among Kurt’s generation in Aberdeen, Kurt being one of a number of local boys who became heroin addicts, sometimes with fatal consequences. Drug use began as a laugh. Kurt and his friends would crawl under the Young Street Bridge to smoke dope in private, while cars rumbled overhead, including hearses on their way to the cemetery. It wasn’t long before Kurt was coming into school stoned. ‘When he was high, it was obvious,’ says Bob Hunter. ‘We’d take a walk to the door.

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