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 resort; Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin; Jim Morrison died of center failure whereas within the bath of a Paris inn room; Kurt Cobain dedicated suicide by way of capturing himself; Amy Winehouse drank herself to loss of life. All are contributors of the infamous 27 membership: all of them died upfront younger on the age of 27. Their tales are interesting items of song trivialities, yet Sounes (Fab, 2010) is drawn to why they behaved the way in which they did. What in particular made them so self-destructive? (Sounes comprises an appendix of an extra forty four individuals of the 27 membership, together with the bluesman Robert Johnson.) even if merely Cobain intentionally dedicated suicide, Sounes argues that every one six killed themselves. All have been clever and gifted, he keeps, yet so much had character difficulties of a few style, resembling melancholy or bipolar disease; moreover, many have been the youngsters of divorced mom and dad and had low vanity. enthusiasts of those musicians can be intrigued and saddened by way of this attention-grabbing and tragic account.
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On his father’s side, Kurt’s great-grandfather, Art Cobain, a county sheriff, died in bizarre circumstances. Reaching for a cigarette he dislodged his pistol, which fell to the ground, went off and shot him dead. Two of Sheriff Cobain’s sons, Burle and Kenny, chose suicide by gunshot. Kurt decided there were ‘suicide genes’ in the family. Kurt’s father worked as a mechanic, later in a saw mill. When Kurt was two the family moved to a small wood-frame house on East 1st Street in a part of Aberdeen known as Felony Flats, overlooked by the more prosperous citizens on Think of Me Hill (named after a sign for a brand of cigars).
Born on 19 January 1943, Janis was the first child of Dorothy and Seth Joplin. She had two younger siblings, Laura and Michael. The family lived in Port Arthur, Texas, an oil town twenty miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Seth Joplin worked for Texaco. In her biography of her sister, Love, Janis, Laura Joplin describes a happy, stable, middle-class home, in which ‘Janis was a bright, precocious child with a winning smile’. But Janis’s adolescence was blighted by severe acne and, despite her cleverness and wit, she was ranked down the scale of teen popularity in Port Arthur because of her complexion, plain face and inelegant figure, which hurt.
Steve Morrison was a naval pilot who rose through the ranks to become the captain of an aircraft carrier when Jim was in college, ultimately achieving the exalted rank of rear admiral. When Jim was young, though, his father was, of course, more junior, and the family lived relatively modestly, moving frequently as Dad was posted to various bases. ‘We didn’t have any set home,’ says Andy Morrison, who quashes speculation that this itinerant life made Jim wayward. On the contrary, he says the Morrison kids enjoyed travelling.
27: A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse by Howard Sounes