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27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse

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When singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home in 2011, the press inducted her into what Kurt Cobain’s mother named the 27 Club. "Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club,” she said in 1994, after being told that her son, the front man of Nirvana, had committed suicide. "I told him not to….” Kurt’s mom was referring to the extraordinary roll call of iconic ...more
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Published November 12th 2013 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ezgi Tülü
May 28, 2016 Ezgi Tülü marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 63%

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Jonathan
Feb 05, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was ok
This is a highly selective look at the so-called "27 club," specifically about six prominent members. Sounes briefly tries to find some thematic connection between all of the members, but ultimately he just focuses on the six most self-destructive. He considers these six to be the most well-known of those musicians who died at the now infamous age of 27, but I'm not sure that most people would consider Brian Jones to be a more recognizable name than Robert Johnson or Otis Redding. Sounes was ...more
Belinda
May 03, 2014 Belinda rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography
I gave this book one star for teaching me the lesson of being less impulsive in what I choose to read. Utter crap. This book looked so promising-a subject that interests me, 3 of my favorite musicians (Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison) and a fresh take on their lives and connections. Boy, was I fooled. This book is like falling downhill--it just gets worse and worse as it goes. It starts out promisingly (though as other reviewers have noted, it is more about Amy Winehouse than any of ...more
Buse
Dec 02, 2015 Buse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Mary
Oct 09, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok
The author's basic premise is that dying at age 27 is a coincidence but then spends considerable time documentating even more absurd coincidences with nary an insight in sight. Cobain and Winehouse liked their grandmothers! Morrison and Winehouse thought children were fun!
Donna
Nov 04, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
27
By Howard Sounes; Da Capo Press, 2013

Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse all died at 27 years of age, as did many other musicians over the years. Over time, these stars, amongst others, have been dubbed as "members of the 27 club".

Howard Sounes, new book "27" is a fabulously researched and well written analysis of the lives and deaths of these stars, in order to determine if the "27 club" myth actually revealed any significant links between
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Pat
Sep 11, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressed by the author's thorough research and his sane and balanced viewpoint. He writes well and I found it quite compelling. The stories of the '27' Club's principal members are sobering (quite ironic given the role of alcohol in so many of the stories) and generally sad. Most of them were intelligent, nice people who went through a traumatic childhood and did not have the mental strength to cope with all that fame and fortune brings. Nor we're they served well by family, friends ...more
JulieLaLa
Aug 09, 2013 JulieLaLa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
4.5 Stars!
An excellent book, well-researched and well-presented. It deals with the sudden deaths of Amy Winehouse and the big 5 of the so-called "27 club" (Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain). Author Howard Sounes draws parallels between what these stars shared: their artistic sides, their troubled youths, their likely psychological issues (often caused by childhood upheavals), their ascent to fame and their difficulties in coping with the fame and the associat
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Janine
I wanted to like this book.
Sadly I didn't really like it.

I won this book in the giveaways and I was very excited to get it in the mail. I even planned to read it regardless of if I won it or not, I already had it on my hold list at the library.

Going into this book I was expecting it to be mostly about Amy. I did understand there would be parts about the other big six, but I was not expecting the amount that there was. The author wrote just as much about the other big six individually as they did
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Sara
Aug 26, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This was a lot better than I though it was going to be - I was expecting a fairly sensationalist, cash in on Winehouse's death tacking on the myth of the 27 club and some of its other members. Instead, Sounes begins by looking at whether the 'club' has credibility - finding yes there is a peak at age 27 of musicians dying - but expressing reservations that the myth has been inflated.

He gives equal time to exploring the rise, sometimes fall and reasons for the untimely demises of Brian Jones, Ji
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Melinda
Dec 28, 2013 Melinda rated it really liked it
Good music; tragic, short lives.

This book is focused on the life and death of Amy Winehouse and uses the lives of five other musicians that died at 27 to show the similarities in their early lives, careers and deaths. Instead of straightforward biographies on each subject, Sounes tells about a part of life for each musician at a time, like childhood, teenage years, early careers, and so on. I enjoyed the book and am glad I read it, but it's depressing to read about all the addiction and mental
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Jamie Beckett
Feb 24, 2014 Jamie Beckett rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Baby boomers, music fans, young people who feel left out and lost.
It starts and ends with Amy Winehouse. Not because she's the most talented of the artists profiled, or the most prolific. Far from it. She's simply the most recent high-profile example of a chain of events that most closely resembles a slow-motion train wreck. Rooted in a prodigious talent, coupled with self-esteem issues, a penchant for substance abuse, in an industry where death often translates directly into dollars - 27 is an fascinating expose of the fragility of our heros, who are only ...more
Allison
I'm an avid Joplin fan so this book grabbed my attention. The author does an okay job of working though the idea of the "27 Club," as he walks readers through each artist's personal life and path to fame. In my opinion, he spends a bit too much time on Amy Winehouse, but I learned a lot about Jones, Hendrix, and Morrison. I liked how he talked about the emergence of conspiracy theorists in most of the artists' deaths. I really enjoyed learning more about Janis and Kurt. All in all, an okay read.
Breanna Liston
Jul 14, 2015 Breanna Liston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I genuinely enjoyed this book, mainly due to the subject matter. All of the musicians mentioned are interesting characters, and the author does a good job describing their lives leading up until the point of their deaths. I was slightly disappointed there wasn't much research into the theories or ideas of the phenomenon of the 27 club. I think if the book branched out more and discussed how famous celebrities sometimes pass away at a young age, not just 27, it would have been more substantial.
Larissa Deyneka
Jun 08, 2014 Larissa Deyneka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: given-the-go
Fun, fast read and interesting. I like that the author includes all the myths and legends but doesn't necessarily give them clout. I have been interested in the subject as a casual reader and didn't honestly know how many of some of the best bands out there have a member in the "club". I also didn't know much about Brian Jones before and would be interested to read more about his life.
Jillian Tourangeau
Mar 25, 2014 Jillian Tourangeau rated it really liked it
Loved it. A lot of discussion about Amy Winehouse, which was interesting, but I wish there was an equal amount of information regarding everyone else. This book cuts through the fat and gives real fact and ignores the conspiracy theories which I liked.
Meg
May 20, 2014 Meg rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
The misplaced blame, placed rather angrily upon significant others and parents, for untimely deaths of music greats really left a bad taste in my mouth.
Ryan H
Dec 03, 2016 Ryan H rated it really liked it
I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook and I thought it was very well done. This was one of my first nonfiction audiobooks and I thought being that it's an audiobook it would be boring, on the contrary it definitely was not. This gave us an in-depth look at the life and death of some of the worlds greatest musicians. At times I found myself going to iTunes and listening to many of the songs mentioned in the book just to get a little bit more knowledge of each musician. It really gave ...more
Elizabeth
Nov 23, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I would have enjoyed this more had there not been such an emphasis on Amy Winehouse. Still, in terms of understanding what drove these people to their deaths and the circumstances in which they died, the book was tremendously helpful for my research. State of mind contributed a great deal to the deaths and made me reconsider some things about my character. This was a very well researched book and I appreciated that although the author discussed the various conspiracies surrounding these deaths, ...more
Caite
Nov 01, 2016 Caite rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable, well-paced mini biographies of these musicians and their deaths, with some real statistics on "the curse". Did a good job of finding common threads between these tragic figures, and address the issues that put them all in the same boat.
Brittany
Oct 17, 2013 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in learning about the 27 club
How I Came To Read This Book: I received a free copy from the publisher to review for my blog.

The Plot: When Amy Winehouse passed away a couple of years ago, it caused many people to once again bring up the coincidental ’27 Club’, featuring a multitude of musicians that died at this young age. Howard Sounes takes a journalistic approach to looking at the ‘club’ as a whole, as well as the six biggest names to join it – Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Win
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Zach
Dec 29, 2015 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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There is no other mystery in the music world more prominent than that of the 27 Club, referring to the collection of artists who have passed away at that relatively young age early in their careers. An usual spike at age 27 in the amount of deaths of musicians in the public eye has led to this look by author Howard Sounes into the lives of the six most prominent members of the club, starting with Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones and continuing with the recent passin
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Tracy
May 21, 2015 Tracy rated it it was ok
I was torn between reading this book now or in a week after I turn 28, but I just decided to risk tempting fate and read it as a 27 year old. I think I will be okay, as it turns out, this book does give you a pretty solid indication of the connections between the members of the 27 Club. A broken home + underlying mental illness + intense pressure of musical fame + LOTS of hardcore drugs (especially heroin) = the recipe to end up in the 27 Club. So while I may never accomplish musically what ...more
Tim Niland
Feb 10, 2014 Tim Niland rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
It has become engraved in urban legend and folklore that many prominent entertainers, particularly musicians, die during the 27th year of their lives. The author of this book, Howard Sounes, examines this phenomena through the lens of six of the most prominent members of the "27 Club," musicians Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. What results is a mix of dogged journalism and TMZ-like gossip mongering. A sordid path of addiction runs through the ...more
Ben Wright
Jul 20, 2016 Ben Wright rated it it was ok
I picked this book up for no other reason than I'm turning 27 soon and I wanted to know what to look out for.

Joking aside, this book is a passable run-through of the most famous of the 27 Club—and unfortunately doesn't reach any new information or insights into these coincidental deaths. I imagine when this was published some of the Amy Winehouse sections were new, but they're covered much better in the documentary "Amy." The Brian Jones section was the most interesting, because he's the least
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Breanne
Sep 10, 2015 Breanne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in any of the six principle musicians
Recommended to Breanne by: Amazon
Nirvana was my preteen "boy band", and I've always been intensely interested in all things Kurt Cobain. The music of Nirvana defined a huge part of my life. I also grew up having enormous appreciation for the music of Janis Joplin and The Doors.
I scored this book on Amazon for less than $10. I've sporadically read different theories of the 27 club, and this one had really good reviews.
Not a disappointment, and I feel like I really scored considering what I paid for it. The author goes into a m
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Ardi
Nov 13, 2014 Ardi rated it liked it
Shelves: drugs, death, music, depression
This book is an interesting read, I liked the idea of the epigraphs in each chapter. The individual chapter represents each artist mentioned, from birth to death. But, mainly it's about Amy Winehouse, which should not be so, in my opinion. Started with Amy and ended with Amy. It should merely focus equally to each artist because the premise of the book in itself is about the 27 Club. The book lacked credible information in my opinion, it's just a compilation of gossip. I doubt the author ...more
Deb
Apr 09, 2014 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Amy,27 is a series of short biographies of 6 of the best know musical artists who died at the age of 27 - Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. I found it to be an easy and fast read as, at 300 pages, there is little room to go into much depth of each artist. Because of this, I found to title of "Amy, 27" to be a bit misleading, as she is the focus only insomuch as she is the latest artist on the list to have died. Given the amount amount of depth ...more
Tara
Aug 10, 2013 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was quite refreshing to read something about Amy Winehouse that isn't 'official', but isn't tabloid either. It's not a biography as such, but it's a lot better than some. I put it on a par with Nick Johnstone's Amy Amy Amy, which I liked, rather than Chas Newkey-Burden's book which is more popular, though not with me.

Sounes is quite critical of Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, which some may not like. He implies that her mother wasn't strong enough to keep Amy out of trouble, and that Mitch was
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Helen Anderson
Jan 07, 2016 Helen Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book that kept me entertained throughout. The book explores the life of Amy Winehouse and the contributing factors that led to her battle with drink and drugs and ultimately her early death at just 27 years of age.

The book also looks at the deaths of other rock musicians who also died at the same age and are placed with Amy in the 'Forever 27 Club', admitting only those who die young and tragically at this age.

Sounes gives an insight into the lives of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin,
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