Let’s take a look at why so many great young rock talents die at 27 years old. Was it money, fame, suicide, or just plain old drug abuse? I have been tracking this phenomenon for at least 20 years. Long before Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Brad Nowell died at that tragic age… I was watching.
Sure, there is the ‘big 3’ of Hendrix, Morrison, and Joplin. All 27, and all dead within a year of each other. Before that, though, we had: Brian Jones, Robert Johnson, Pigpen, and list goes on. I want to look at all of them, as a whole. This will involve sweeping generalities. Be aware of that up front. I am speaking on the whole, at the meta level… but it will all be backed up with specific examples.
Oh, I am sorry. You meant ‘about’ me. I am a writer, musician, and full time rock music scholar. I have a band, my main writing site, and my music writing site. the 27 club is something that has been gestating in me as long as I can remember. The idea started out as a piece for my main writing site. Then, of course, I had to cross post it to my music writing site. Then… I realized this was too big a fish to fit into my little narcissistic canoe. It’s its own thing. It deserves it’s own site. Forgive me, I had to log off for a bit and spend a LONG time figuring out which of those ‘its’ is supposed to have a possessive apostrophe. I have a degree in literature, I should know this. I even write pieces on grammar and grammar pet peeves… but this one always seems to escape me.
This is all just for fun. I make no money on these sites. I have even turned down ads. I spend no money on these sites. I get it all free through the wonderful people at WordPress. I pay Go Daddy about $30 a year to maintain my URLS, and that is about it.
Like playing music, and writing about music, this is all for love of the game.
Comments? I LOVE them. I never censor my critics. If you post something that is thoughtful, even if it argues every single point I make. What I am most looking for is the discussion. Don’t tell me I am dumb, or wrong. Please tell me why I am dumb, and wrong. If you take the effort, chances are you will be right!
I can prove my last point. Take a look at this post. I knew it would be controversial, but pretty much every single comment is trying to tell me how wrong I am. Sadly, too few make the effort to prove me wrong… but I still love the discussion. It’s a dance, back and forth. Heck, just look at the names of my two sites – I am Correct.com, and Maybe I am Wrong.com.
Lastly, for the proper ‘about me’ biography… I already wrote it once. Let’s just use that.
Let’s close with this gem, that I someone only discovered a few years ago –
Be yourself. Everyone else is taken. – Oscar Wilde