It turns out that this is exactly what the Forever 27 Club is; age 27 is no worse for rock musicians than for the general populace. The artists who died at the age of 27, such as
- Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson
- Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones
- Jimi Hendrix
- Janis Joplin
- Big Star co-founder Chris Bell
- Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain
- Amy Winehouse.
Actuarial charts show that 27 is generally a safe age for most people, including rock musicians. A phenomenon known as confirmation bias explains people’s tendency to ignore facts that disprove a chosen hypothesis and emphasize facts that support it.
Statistically, we can say that 57 was a fateful year for rockers, as bassist John Entwistle Prince, punk pioneer Ian Dury, and soul legend Curtis Mayfield all died at the same age.