“The 27 Club, also occasionally known as the Forever 27 Club or Club 27, is a name for a group of influential rock and blues musicians who all died at the age of 27. The 27 Club consists of two related phenomena, both in the realm of popular culture. The first is a list of five famous rock musicians who died at age 27: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. The second is the idea that many other notable musicians have also died at the age of 27.

The impetus for the club's creation were the deaths of Jones, Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison. Cobain, who died in 1994, was later added by some. With the exception of Joplin, there is controversy surrounding their deaths. According to the book Heavier Than Heaven, when Cobain died, his sister claimed that as a kid he would talk about how he wanted to join the 27 Club. On the fifteenth anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, National Public Radio's Robert Smith said, «The deaths of these rock stars at the age of 27 really changed the way we look at rock music»”. – Wikipedia

Guitarist Brian Jones smiling during an early Rolling Stones tour, December 1963. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Guitarist Brian Jones laughing with Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman during an early Rolling Stones tour, December 1963. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Portrait of the rock group The Jimi Hendrix Experience, left to right, Noel Redding (1945–2003), Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970) and Mitch Mitchell. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1968

American rock star, guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970). (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images). 1970

American blues-rock singer Janis Joplin (1943–1970), of the group Big Brother and the Holding Company. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images). 5th April 1969

American blues rock singer Janis Joplin. (Photo by Stroud/Express/Getty Images). 21st April 1969

American psychedelic rock band, The Doors during a press conference at Heathrow Airport, London (left to right); drummer John Densmore, keyboard player Ray Mansarek, vocalist Jim Morrison (1943–1971) and guitarist Robby Krieger. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images). 3rd September 1968

Popular American rock group The Doors standing beside an Air India aeroplane. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

American singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain (1967–1994), performs with his group Nirvana at a taping of the television program “MTV Unplugged”, New York, New York, Novemeber 18, 1993. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Amy Winehouse performs during the show at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 at the Olympiahalle on November 1, 2007 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images for MTV)

Singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court to see husband Blake Fielder-Civil on June 2, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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