The recorded music era began in the late 1800s, making it possible for musicians to become widely known. Radio spread their fame further, and the modern media notion of celebrity was born. These men and women lived large, but so many of them died young. A strangely significant number of them died at the age of 27.
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain and more. It can't be anything more than a coincidence, but a curious mythology has developed around the so-called 27 club.
Listen to my ABC Radio story on the 27 club.
Richard is a writer, podcaster, radio and TV broadcaster, an editor, and a lover of music. He tells the stories of how great songs are made, and of the people who make them.