Sometimes, despite my best efforts to avoid doing so, I think about things.

One of the things I’ve thought about recently is the significance of the number 27 during a certain period a long ago time. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, 27  somehow became the expiration date, in years, for several prominent rock musicians. 

Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones died in 1969. He was 27.

Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. He was 27.

Janis Joplin died in 1970. She was 27.

Al Wilson of Canned Heat died in 1970. He was 27.

Jim Morrison of The Doors died in 1971. He was 27.

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan of The Grateful Dead died in 1973. He was 27.

Then it stopped. Not the passing away of rock musicians, but the passing away of rock musicians at the age of 27.


Kurt Cobain of Nirvana died in 1994. He was 27.

I wonder what I’ll think about next. Something more upbeat, I hope.

Published in: on July 15, 2009 at 11:25 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Very interesting and I think you should write a book about it. In it, you could add, “The Pondering Pig got married in 1970. He was 27!!!”

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