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27 Club Members

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27 Club – Members – Bio

27 Club
Popular musicians, artists, or actors who died at age 27
Entirely notional, there is no official membership

27 Club – Members – Note

Although the claim of a “statistical spike” for the death of musicians at that age has been repeatedly disproved by research, it remains a cultural phenomenon, documenting the deaths of celebrities, some noted for their high-risk lifestyles.

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Names are often put forward for inclusion, but because the club is entirely notional, there is no official membership.

27 Club – Members – Video



John B. Whalen, Jr., JD., LL.M., is an AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5.0 and Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb (obtaining over 95 client reviews and peer endorsements) premier and prestigious Attorney and Counselor at Law. He is located at 696 Pont Reading Road Ardmore Pa 19003. He serves all surrounding counties, on all 7 days, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and on evenings, weekends, and holidays. He provides free initial consults all seven days, provides home visits, and provides flat fee structures. He can be reached by email at jw60297@me.com, and by telephone at 1-484-417-6244. He has amassed over 60 prestigious and premier professional awards and over 5000 client reviews and endorsements.

Nothing Left To Lose

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Janis Joplin – Bio

Janis Lyn Joplin
Born January 19, 1943 – Died October 4, 1970
American Singer, Songwriter, Music Arranger

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Nothing Left To Lose – 27 Club

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose

John B. Whalen, Jr., JD., LL.M., is an AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5.0 and Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb (obtaining over 95 client reviews and peer endorsements) premier and prestigious Attorney and Counselor at Law. He is located at 696 Pont Reading Road Ardmore Pa 19003. He serves all surrounding counties, on all 7 days, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and on evenings, weekends, and holidays. He provides free initial consults all seven days, provides home visits, and provides flat fee structures. He can be reached by email at jw60297@me.com, and by telephone at 1-484-417-6244. He has amassed over 60 prestigious and premier professional awards and over 5000 client reviews and endorsements.

This Is Better

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I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better.

Last Words – Pete Ham – Bio

Pete Ham
Born April 27, 1947 – Died April 24, 1975
Welsh Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Founding member of Badfinger.

Last Words – Pete Ham – Note

After Badfinger’s transition from Apple Records to Warner Brothers, Badfinger became embroiled in many internal, financial and managerial problems and their music was stifled.

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By 1975, with no income and the band’s business manager non-communicative, Ham became despondent and he hanged himself in the garage of his Surrey home, three days before his 28th birthday.

At the time of his death his Blood alcohol content was estimated to have been 0.27%.

He was 27 years old. He left behind a pregnant girlfriend (his daughter was born one month after his death).

His suicide note had the statement:

I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better

His suicide note also had an accusatory blast toward Badfinger’s business manager, Stan Polley, with Ham writing:

“P.S. Stan Polley is a soulless bastard

I will take him with me

Last Words – Pete Ham – Apple Records

Apple Records was a record label founded by The Beatles in 1968, as a division of Apple Corps Ltd. It founded and produced many notable acts, including Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, Badfinger, and Billy Preston.

The “Come and Get It” was the name of a song composed by Paul McCartney for the 1969 film The Magic Christian, and made popular by the group Badfinger.

Last Words – Pete Ham – 27 Club

The 27 Club is a list consisting mostly of popular musicians, artists, or actors who died at age 27. Although the claim of a “statistical spike” for the death of musicians at that age has been repeatedly disproved by research, it remains a cultural phenomenon, documenting the deaths of celebrities, some noted for their high-risk lifestyles. Names are often put forward for inclusion, but because the club is entirely notional, there is no official membership.

John B. Whalen, Jr., JD., LL.M., is an AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5.0 and Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb (obtaining over 95 client reviews and peer endorsements) premier and prestigious Attorney and Counselor at Law. He is located at 696 Pont Reading Road Ardmore Pa 19003. He serves all surrounding counties, on all 7 days, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and on evenings, weekends, and holidays. He provides free initial consults all seven days, provides home visits, and provides flat fee structures. He can be reached by email at jw60297@me.com, and by telephone at 1-484-417-6244. He has amassed over 60 prestigious and premier professional awards and over 5000 client reviews and endorsements.

I Still Get To Live

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“I Still Get To Live” – Bio

David Eric Grohl
Born January 14, 1969
Founder, frontman, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Foo Fighters since 1994, and was the best-known and longest-serving drummer for Nirvana from 1990 to 1994, when they broke up, following the death of Kurt Cobain.

“I Still Get To Live” – Dedication

… this post is dedicated to those who want to call it a day, those who called it a day, and to the shrapnel who hits everyone else …

“I Still Get To Live” – Thoughts

when Kurt died, I remember the next day

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and thinking I still get to live

so I’m going to live every day

like its my last one

even if it’s the worst day

I’m going to try and appreciate it

“Van Gogh’s Boat”

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Van Gogh’s Boat – Bio

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Born December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)
American Artist

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“Van Gogh’s Boat” – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO©, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally.

Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual”, as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at age 27.

In 1980, Basquiat met Andy Warhol at a restaurant. Basquiat presented to Warhol samples of his work, and Warhol was stunned by Basquiat’s genius and allure. The two artists later collaborated. When Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987, Basquiat became increasingly isolated, and his heroin addiction and depression grew more severe.

Despite an attempt at sobriety during a trip to Maui, Hawaii, he died on August 12, 1988, of a heroin overdose at his art studio on Great Jones Street in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood.

He was 27 years old. He has now been included in the “27 Club.

Van Gogh’s Boat – David Bowie Sale

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Ten months to the day after his passing, the bulk of David Bowie’s personal art collection – some 400 works in total – went on the block at a three-part auction at Sotheby’s on Nov. 10-11, 2016, fetching a grand total of $41.1 million.

More than $30 million was sold on the first night alone, where well-heeled (and furred) attendees raised paddles against bids submitted around the world via phone and the Web.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Air Power” was the evening’s — and the auction’s — top seller at $8.8 million, trouncing the pre-auction estimate of $3.3 million to enthusiastic applause

David Bowie Art Auction Fetches $30 Million on First Day. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Air Power,” which David Bowie bought in 1995 for $120,000, sells for $8.8 million at London auction.

Van Gogh’s Boat – Collectors

Notable private collectors of Basquiat’s work include David Bowie, Mera and Donald Rubell, Lars Ulrich,Steven A. Cohen, Laurence Graff, John McEnroe, Madonna, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z and Johnny Depp.

Van Gogh’s Boat – Basquiat Movie

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In 1996, seven years after the artist’s death, a biographical film titled Basquiat was released, directed by Julian Schnabel, with actor Jeffrey Wright playing Basquiat. David Bowie played the part of Andy Warhol.

Schnabel was interviewed during the film’s script development as a personal acquaintance of Basquiat.

Van Gogh’s Boat – Van Gogh’s Ear

Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh boat

There’s no trip so horrible that someone won’t take it

The idea of the unrecognised genius slaving away in a garret is a deliciously foolish one

We must credit the life of Vincent Van Gogh for really sending this myth into orbit

I mean, how many pictures did he sell, one?

He couldn’t give them away

He has to be the most modern artist, but everybody hated him

He was so ashamed of his life that the rest of our history will be contribution to Van Gogh’s neglect

No one wants to be part of a generation that ignores another Van Gogh

In this town, one is at the mercy of the recognition factor

One’s public appearance is absolute

Part of the artist’s job is to get the work where I will see it

I consider myself a metaphor of the public

I am a public eye – a witness – a critic

When you first see a new picture, you don’t want to miss the boat

You have to be very careful


You might be staring at Van Gogh’s ear

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