“The 27 Club” – Rock and Roll Myths

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We can’t explain why but people are interested by musicians’ deaths. The “27 Club” is given to a group of  musicians that died at the age of 27. They were some of the most influential artists of their generation. The most famous “members” who are always listed are Kurt Kobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Robert Johnson or Kristen Pfaff…

Dianna Theodora Kenny, professor of psychology and music has studied the deaths of more than a thousand of artists between 1950 and 2014.

She examined four outcomes: longevity and the proportion of deaths by suicide, homicide, non-intentional injury or accident.

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Also, she studied the myth of the CLub 27 and came to conclusion that more musicans died aged 28 than 27 and the commonest age for them to die is 56.

Finally, she examined the relation between the musical genre and the cause of death and suggests certain types of music carry specific types of risk.

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The 27 Club has a fascinating story and we must learn from the past to improve the present.

Source: theconversation.com – Original Article

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