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 lodge; Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin; Jim Morrison died of middle failure whereas within the bath of a Paris resort room; Kurt Cobain dedicated suicide by way of capturing himself; Amy Winehouse drank herself to dying. All are individuals of the infamous 27 membership: all of them died in advance younger on the age of 27. Their tales are interesting items of tune trivialities, yet Sounes (Fab, 2010) is drawn to why they behaved the way in which they did. What particularly made them so self-destructive? (Sounes contains an appendix of an extra forty four participants of the 27 membership, together with the bluesman Robert Johnson.) even if basically 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 type, similar to melancholy or bipolar sickness; moreover, many have been the kids of divorced mom and dad and had low vanity. lovers of those musicians could be intrigued and saddened by way of this interesting and tragic account.
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Poor little guy, he [didn’t] know what’s going on. He was probably five or six years old at the time. ’ The major trauma of Kurt’s young life came shortly after his ninth birthday, in 1976, when Wendy Cobain announced that she wanted a divorce. Don tried to persuade his wife that they should stay together, but Wendy was determined. ‘There was a lot of arguing, that’s what Kurt didn’t like. He didn’t understand,’ says Uncle Chuck. Don moved out of the family home, though he continued to have hope for the marriage.
Amy’s father, Mitchell, was born in 1950 to Alex and Cynthia Winehouse in Stoke Newington, the family moving soon afterwards to Stepney in the East End. Mitch grew into a heavy-set young man with curly dark hair who wore a moustache in early adulthood. In character he was and remains chatty and ebullient, full of jokes, a natural show-off who loved to sing at family gatherings in the style of his heroes, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. Amy’s success would change Mitch’s life beyond imagination.
Steve Morrison reasoned that if Jim was serious about getting into the movie industry, as he said, this was the place to go. Jim came into his own at UCLA. ‘When he got to LA, all of sudden he was out in the open, he was free,’ says Vince Treanor. ’ Jim made significant new friends at UCLA, including two film students of French background, Alain Ronay and Agnès Varda, both of whom would play a part in the drama of his death in Paris. Most importantly, he met Ray Manzarek. A tall, bespectacled film student of Polish immigrant stock, Manzarek was four years older than Jim, and had already served a year and a half in the US Army.
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