Monday, July 2, 2012

27 Club

The 27 Club or sometimes the 27 Forever Club is the name given to the brace of rock 'n rollers who never saw their 28th birthday. Members include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pigpen, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and two members for whom today's date marks the anniversary of their deaths: Brian Jones, creator, original artistic director, manager and group leader of the Rolling Stones until personal demons took control of his life and Jim Morrison, poet, lyricist, lead vocalist for The Doors.

In November 1968 Jones purchased Crotchford Farm, the home of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne from Milne's estate. Due to his legal, and personal problems on June 9, 1969 fellow Rolling Stones members Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards invited Jones to leave the band immediately, allowing him to announce his departure any way he wished. His announcement stated he no longer saw eye to eye, etc. and left quietly.

Overnight July 2-3 his near lifeless body was pulled from the swimming pool at Crotchford. he died shortly thereafter, the coroner ruled his death "death by misadventure".

Exactly two years later, 27 year old Jim Morrison, frontman for The Doors, was found dead in Paris. A number of theories exist as to the exact cause of death, but since foul play was not suspected no autopsy was performed hence the exact cause of death will never be known. Recreational pharmaceuticals are suspected.

May they, and all the club members rest in peace.



Pink Benny said...

Interesting phenomenom.

By the way, the photo of Jim Morrion's grave must be an old one. He is buried in Perre Lachaise Cemetary in Paris. Visited it the last time I was in Paris. His grave did not have the fact it is quite plain. Many famous people buried there: Sara Berhardt, Maria Callas, Frederic Chopin, Max Ernst, Edith Piaf and Gertrude Stein to name a few. Well worth a morning of time to see.

Toad said...

The bust comes and goes depending upon the whims of vandals and the Morrison family.

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