• by Howard Sounes
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home in 2011, the press inducted her into what Kurt Cobain's mother named the 27 Club. "Now he's gone and joined that stupid club," she said in 1994, after being told that her son, the front man of Nirvana, had committed suicide. "I told him not to." Kurt's mom was referring to the extraordinary roll call of iconic stars who died at the same young age. The Big Six are Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison of the Doors, Kurt Cobain and, now, Amy Winehouse. All were talented. All were dissipated. All were 27.
Journalists write about "the curse of the 27 Club" as if there is a supernatural reason for this series of deaths. Others invoke astrology, numerology, and conspiracy theories to explain what has become a modern mystery.
In this haunting audiobook, author Howard Sounes conducts the definitive forensic investigation into the lives and deaths of the six most iconic members of the Club, plus another 44 music industry figures who died at 27, to discover what, apart from coincidence, this phenomenon signifies.
In a grimly fascinating journey through the dark side of the music business over six decades, Sounes uncovers a common story of excess, madness, and self-destruction. The fantasies, half-truths, and mythologies that have become associated with Jones, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Cobain, and Winehouse are debunked. Instead a clear and compelling narrative emerges, one based on hard facts, that unites these lost souls in both life and death.


What the Critics Say

"Sounes, a true crime writer, is especially incisive when it comes to dispatching conspiracy theories built around many of these deaths. He captures the sad truth behind a club for which a youthful death is the only entrée." (Publishers Weekly)


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sad and chilling stories

there are more things they have in common than you think. so talented and extremely sad.
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- Darlene

Very Informative

I was really surprised at how little I knew about Brian Jones. I was under the impression that he was the Rolling Stones 'pretty boy'! The band's 'Spin team' really did a successful job and I believed every single word. You will have to read the book to discover that little gem!

Of course we all think that we know all about Jimmy, Janis, Jim and Kurt however Howard Sounes really did his homework. There is so much more to these 'late' stars.

Now do not get me started on poor Amy. I adored that sweet girl and her voice was a gift from G-d indeed. Again I was totally taken in by her Father, Mitch. I had no idea that her Mom had MS and then just packed up and left Amy, her brother and her Mom to be with another woman. What a worthless worm?

Of course he comes back into the picture full time as soon as ink started to dry on her recording contract. Did you know that Amy was battling her demons and dying alone while her so called adoring Father was in the States performing his faux 'I think that I can sing like Sinatra act! Oh no he can't !

Todd McLaren gives us a great performance. This never get dull.

Really interesting listen/read.
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- Julia "British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-13-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio