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KISS' Gene Simmons announces new "27 Club" book

music news 27/07/2018

Co-founder of Kiss, Gene Simmons has announced a new book, 27: The Legend & Mythology of the 27 Club, will be available on 2nd October.

The book will be the first publication in a new book series called "Simmons Books". Publishers describe the book "witty, insightful and no-B.S. take on the myth, and the actual people, that make up the '27 club' -  the groundbreaking musicians, artists and celebrities who died at the age of 27, frozen in the collective consciousness at the zenith of their creative output.”

Simmons' book explores the unfortunate members of 27 Club, Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones in 1969, followed by the deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix - who all passed away during the peak of their musical careers at exactly 27 years old.

There were plenty of speculations that the "dastardly lineage" traces back to blues legend Robert Johnson who died of poisoning in 1938 up till the recent death of Amy Winehouse in 2011 and Korean popstar Kim Jong-hyun who died just last year.

Although many scientific studies have been conducted over the years, there's nothing to support or to debunk the myth entirely as most statistics showed no evidence of musicians facing a greatest death risk at the age of 27.

Via the 250-page book, Simmons wants to acknowledge these extraordinary musicians "who left an indelible mark on the world" rather than to focus on their deaths.

27: The Legend & Mythology of the 27 Club is available for pre-order now.

Notable members of 27 Club:

  • Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Janis Joplin
  • Jim Morrison (The Doors)
  • Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
  • Amy Winehouse