Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse Joins A List of Rock Stars Who Died at 27 Years Old

Kurt Cobain
Suicide (April 5, 1994

Nirvana frontman Cobain rallied a generation with his 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' anthem and ushered in a new wave of rebellious teens during the Seattle grunge era in the early '90s. With sophomore record 'Nevermind' in 1991, Cobain changed the shape of the music industry and left an indelible mark on music history. His tumultuous relationships with fame, wife Courtney Love and heroin addiction culminated in his shocking suicide by self-inflicted gun wound, but over a decade later, Cobain's still revered as one of the most gifted voices of the 20th century.

Nirvana - Nirvanna - Smells Like Teen Spirit .mp3
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Janis Joplin
Overdose (October 4, 1970)

Hippie Joplin grew up in Texas but moved to San Francisco and joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company in the '60s. Despite her truncated life, she managed to record classics 'Me and Bobby McGee', 'Mercedes Benz', 'Piece of My Heart' and four albums with her backing bands. Heavily into drugs, she went through periods of getting clean but inevitably succumbed to heroin addiction when she died at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose. Joplin paved the way for women in rock music and leaves behind her distinct blues/psychedelic rock vocals.

Janis Joplin - Me And Bobby McGee .mp3
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Jimi Hendrix
Overdose (September 18, 1970)

Considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, in seven years Hendrix birthed 'Purple Haze', 'Foxy Lady', a headlining performance at Woodstock, a cover of Dylan's 'All Along the Watchtower', the wah-wah pedal, started the trend of rock stars smashing guitars onstage and released three albums while alive (there's been several posthumous releases). Hendrix died a couple of weeks before Joplin in 1970 at his girlfriend's flat in London of an alleged sleeping pill overdose, asphyxiated on vomit. The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 'Are You Experienced' remains a seminal display of bluesy, distorted guitar riffs that's been emulated by infinite musicians.

Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner .mp3
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Robert Johnson
Murder (August 16, 1938)

Considered to be one of the best guitarists of all time and an early purveyor of rock 'n' roll, Delta bluesman Johnson influenced everyone from Eric Clapton to the Stones. The details of his biography are fuzzy, but according to myth he made a deal with the devil at a crossroad in Mississippi in exchange for learning how to deftly play guitar. Known to be a ladies man, one night Johnson flirted with a married woman at a dance and allegedly the jealous husband slipped poison into a bottle of whiskey that Johnson drank. He leaves behind blues staples 'Love in Vain' and 'Sweet Home Chicago.'

Robert Johnson - Cross Road Blues .mp3
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Jim Morrison
Uncertain (July 3, 1971)

Through six records, iconic photographs and singles like 'Light My Fire' and 'People Are Strange,' the L.A-based Jim Morrison made his band the Doors a household name. A heavy drug abuser, the poet broke on through to the other side when he died in a bathtub at his apartment in Paris, but others speculate he overdosed at a Parisian club prior and then was dumped into his tub. Other theories state he died of heart failure or as his death certificate reads, "natural causes." Since an autopsy wasn't performed, his death remains a bit of a mystery. Ironically, three years later his girlfriend would also die of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.

The Doors - The End .mp3
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Gastrointestinal hemorrhage (March 8, 1973)

 Ronald "Pigpen" McKernan was a founding member of celebrated jam band the Grateful Dead playing everything from the organ to the harmonica. Despite the druggy nature of the band, Pigpen eschewed drugs for his vice of alcohol. Years of imbibing led him to experience symptoms of biliary cirrhosis (liver disease). Shackled with the ailment, Pigpen quit touring and made his final appearance with the Dead at the Hollywood Bowl in '72. A few months later, he was found dead of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at his home in Corte Madera, California. His tombstone reads, "Pigpen was and is now forever one of the Grateful Dead."

Grateful Dead - Turn On Your Lovelight .mp3
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Brian Jones
Drowning (July 3, 1969)

One of the founders of the most acclaimed groups of all time, Brian Jones considered himself to be the lead member of the Rolling Stones but was really a multi-instrumentalist who lent his mastering of the slide guitar, marimba and sitar to many of the group's hit songs. Battling health issues and alienation, Jones left the band in 1969 and was replaced by Mick Taylor. An avid LSD and alcohol user, Jones had been arrested a couple of times for drug possession. Jones was found in his swimming pool having supposedly drowned because he was under the influence. The coroner pronounced it "death by misadventure," but other reports suggest his builder murdered him.

Rolling Stones - This Could Be The Last Time .mp3
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Amy Winehouse - Rehab .mp3
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