27 Club

Good morning everyone,

While there are a few chilly looking mornings ahead-overnight lows will be between 2C and 5C for the next week or so-the days aren't going to be too bad. The coldest day will be Monday and it'll still get up to 10C, the rest of the week will see highs between 11C and 13C and it's going to be mostly sunny all week.

Yesterday in one of my classes we were talking about musicians who died young and I mentioned that I thought there was some kind of special significance with dying at the age of 27. Because I'm one of those people who pretends to know-it-all, I rhymed off a bunch of singers who I thought were members and than immediately worried that I was letting my mouth get ahead of my brain...ha ha!

But in this particular case I was right...well, mostly right. I may have added a couple of famous people to the list who don't belong there, but I was right about there being a 'group' of singers who died at the age of 27 and the group is called '27 Club'.

The group originally became a phenomenon in the early 70s when, within the span of two years, Brian Jones (the original leader of the Rolling Stones), Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin all died at the age of 27. Now there are over 50 members of that club, many of them are founders and members of smaller bands or groups and talk of the 27 Club died down.

But Kurt Cobain-the lead singer and founder of the rock group Nirvana-also died at the age of 27 in 1994 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and talk of the 27 Club appeared in the media again. Just in case you haven't heard of him, Nirvana is the band that many credit as having started 'grunge' music. I loved grunge music when I was in my last year of high school and throughout university and, even now I still like a few of the bands. They aren't famous in Japan-but a few bands that owe their success to Grunge that you may have heard of in Japan are the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.

Anyway, in 2011, Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27-three years after having expressed fear of joining the infamous club.

So, I was right about there being a famous club of musicians who died at the age of 27. I may have added a few extra members, but I wasn't sure about everyone-I was just making a point that lots of famous singers died at the age of 27...I added James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Kate Carpenter who died at the ages of 24, 36 and 32 respectively.

How about in Japan? Are there any famous singers or musicians who are members of the 27 Club?

Have a great day! 

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How often....?

I noticed that there's not many people commenting on blog, but even so, you still frequently update and post recent events. I'd say that's a lot of passion because I would've been discouraged to continue further with my blog. v-388

Are you an English teacher? I wasn't entirely sure if you were Japanese or Caucasian descendant, so please excuse me if I incorrectly found you Caucasian.

Anyway, do you still live in Japan? I'm curious.

Re: How often....?

Thanks for the comment, Lisa. Yeah, not many people comment, but that's ok. The blog is mostly for my students to practice reading English in shorter bits than trying to tackle book or newspaper.

And yes, I'm not Japanese and I'm still living here! It's great! Do you live in Japan?
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