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November 22, 2013

'27' explores rock n' roll deaths that come too early

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And though Sounes indicates that most of these six musicians "had a horror" of being alone, alone is how they died.

The first time you heard Light My Fire or Me & Bobby McGee, it was probably from a scratchy record and cheap speakers. "27" brings those memories back – with a lot less static.

This is, in fact, almost a read-in-one-sitting kind of book, so thoroughly fascinating is author Howard Sounes in his method of storytelling. We start with the death of the most recent inductee into the "club," then travel around and back. Along the way, Sounes explains what led each to the (often bitter) end, then he gives readers a shock: the 27 Club is a mega-coincidence, but the six here are the tip of the tragic iceberg…

I very much enjoyed this book, not just for its musical history but for the sounds it put inside my head. I think that if you're a fan of classic rock or blues, or if you just want a good look at stardom gone wrong, "27" gets five stars.

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