Who's In The '27 Club'? The Members Who Partied Hard And Died Young

A mural to Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Amy Winehouse at the corner of Rivington and Forsyth Streets i New York City. Source: edenpictures via Wikimedia Commons.

Cool people like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison may be members, but the 27 Club is one of the few institutions of fame that no one in their right mind wants to join. It may not have a brick and mortar location like the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, but it stands tall in the minds of music lovers across the world. Those three late-'60s figures, plus Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, plus modern inductees like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, all died at age 27, giving birth to the idea that talented but troubled musicians don't, won't or can't live to see age 28. The members of the 27 Club range from psychedelic poets to troubled R&B singers, and it could even be expanded to include painters and punk visionaries, but is it a real thing? And who are the members of this grim collection of superstars?