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If you are a fan of rock ‘n roll, chances are you’ve heard of the infamous 27 Club. The musicians in this club are highly respected and widely talented and have put out some of the greatest hits of the late 20th and early 21st century. Unfortunately, this isn’t a club that you want to join. In fact, it’s so exclusive that the members don’t even know they’re in it. The members of the 27 Club, among them; Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain are all linked together because they all died prematurely at 27 years-old. Whether it was a drug overdose, heart failure, or asphyxiation, the world lost some of the most remarkable musicians of their time before they even reached 30. This article is to pay tribute to these artists and remember them not for their struggles with personal demons, but for their one-of-a-kind talents.

Brian Jones (February 28, 1942- July 3, 1969)

Although when one thinks of the rock band, Rolling Stones they might think of singer Mick Jagger or Keith Richards, but it was Brian Jones that founded the band. Original bassist for the Rolling Stones Bill Wyman once said o the Daily News, “He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs. … Very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it — highly intelligent — and just kind of wasted it and blew it all away.” It was true that Jones had discovered The Rolling Stones and was the leader of sorts for awhile. That was until Jagger and Richards started writing songs and becoming the poster boys for the band. Jones’ role within the band got smaller and smaller. Unable to cope, Jones turned to drugs and was asked to leave the band in 1969. A month later, Jones was found dead in his swimming pool from apparent drowning. It didn’t help that the autopsy report found a strong presence of cocaine and heroin in his system. Like any great rock star, there were rumors that Jones had been murdered, but so far to date this hasn’t been proven.

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