Inhabited by creative, talented and popular people, the 27 Club is one nobody wants to join. There is a popular (if not morbid) notion that the age of 27 is particularly lethal for rock stars (see Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse). Something about reaching the heights of stardom at an age too young to handle the pitfalls of the lifestyle.
But is 27 really a statistically significant age? And should all young performers be told that if they can just live past that year they’ll have a good chance at a normal life span?
The referenced article “Stairway to hell: life and death in the pop music industry” makes for an interesting read. Apparently 1990 was a bad year to be a performer.