In Ghostly’s twenty-second episode, Pat and Rebecca explore the curse of the 27 Club. Over the last century, many young artists have died at the age of 27 and legend says this is because they are cursed due to their immense talent and fast lifestyle. Or maybe even a deal with the devil. Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse are seven of the most famous members of this club, and in this episode Pat and Rebecca tell their stories of fame, drugs, alcohol, and untimely deaths. Did the devil come for his due?
WARNING: This episode contains topics that may be sensitive for some listeners.
Questions explored in this episode:
What is the 27 Club? Who are the more famous members of the 27 Club? What happened to them that led to their deaths at the age of 27? Who is Robert Johnson and what is the story of The Crossroads? How did Robert Johnson influence the musicians that came after him? Are artists more likely to die at 27? What is the curse? Were these deaths natural, suicides, accidents, or the devil coming for his payment? Is the 27 Curse real or just a coincidence? And do their ghosts still haunt this earth?
After the poll results, Pat and Rebecca embark on a different pattern this episode. This is a big story and even while only seven artists are explored, it takes both of them to deep dive into the history of each and tell the story of how they might be curse. And how each has a ghost story to tell.
Time for the debate! For each of the seven artists, Pat and Rebecca debate if they were affected by the curse as well as discussing if their ghost stories are true. Robert Johnson is often considered the first modern member of the 27 Club. His life was tragic and so was his death. The story of Robert Johnson is what gave birth to the curse, but it is the four deaths of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison that create the idea of a 27 Club. Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse’s deaths have made sure that the story of the curse remains fresh in our minds.
After debating each individual story, Pat and Rebecca discuss and debate the curse as a whole. Listen to help you decide your own vote.
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Also included in this episode are, as always, poll results from our previous episode on Marie Laveau (Check out the episode here if you haven’t had a chance to listen yet).
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Sources for this week’s episode:
Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: Dream Images (Love-Death Music) by George Crumb
Bumper: Ghost Waltz by Lowell Liebermann