The Dangers of Rock 'n' Roll
▲ You might think the rock 'n' roll biz
is all parties and travel, but it isn't. OK, I'm lying. It is. But fame and fortune come at a price, be it selling your soul, being dragged through the mud by vengeful managers, or simply dying of a booze and drug overdose. As we'll see, the music industry is a dangerous place.
"Live Fast, Die Young"
▲ When I began writing this article I figured the whole "Live Fast, Die Young" thing was somewhat exaggerated, but now I'm not sure. I took 150 rock star deaths from rock 'n' roll's inception in the 1950's through to the present day. Then I noted their age and cause of death. I discovered that, as the industry has grown, the number of untimely deaths has grown with it. The age at death grows in range as time goes on, reflecting the fact that those old rockers just can't put the bottle, the pipe or the needle down and it finally catches up with 'em!
▲ Music's changed a lot since the '50s. There's no question that the industry's exploded, and that it has shaped society's values. As role models, pop stars have a lot to answer for
. Many accuse the industry of corrupting our youth. It may well be responsible, but the initial damage was probably done way back in the '50s and nothing's really changed since then (apart from the fact that music has become really disappointing
). In fact, nothing's really changed in over two thousand years. The Roman rock star Cicero once exclaimed, "Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book." He died before Jesus was born.
Are rockers and their fans often preoccupied by their own deaths?
Conspiracies Beyond Music
▲ But back to the point of this article: The dangers of the music business. Dark forces are among us. Recently, we've seen several celebrities undergo "meltdowns", "breakdowns" or just general disappearances from the public eye, citing mysterious causes. There have also been several suicides or "accidental" celebrity deaths that conspiracy theorists claim were murder, including:
The problem extends beyond the music industry, and seems to involve those who surround celebrities, such as managers, agents, lawyers, drug dealers and even physicians.
▲ In 2005, comedian Dave Chappelle fled to South Africa
to escape his increasingly mercenary entourage, saying, "One of the things that happens when people make the leap from a certain amount of money to tens of millions of dollars is that the people around you dramatically change...You have to have people around you that you can trust...Your soul is priceless."
▲ This weirdness isn't nearly as bad as what happened to actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi; they fled to Canada to escape the so-called "Hollywood Star Whackers
", a secret group who the Quaids claim are responsible for destroying the lives of the famous, even committing murder when their targets become more valuable dead than alive.
An Illuminati call-girl assassin, yesterday.
▲ In my study of 150 rock deaths, more than 25% of them were were either murdered or committed suicide. This doesn't even include the ones who accidentally overdosed, were electrocuted by faulty equipment, suffered booze- and drug-related heart attacks, car and motorcycle accidents, or helicopter and plane crashes. Here's a link to the full list of the studied rock star deaths, from the 1950s to the 2010s
The "27" Club
▲ The so-called 27 Club is a reference to the fact that many rock stars have died at the age of 27, often of causes such as drug and alcohol abuse. The famous foursome, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and Jim Morrison, all died within two years of each other (Morrison's death occurring on July 3rd, 1971, exactly two years to the day of Jones's death on July 3rd, 1969) at the age of 27. The scatter plot graph featured at the top of this article shows deaths by age and, there's a discernible concentration of deaths at age 27 mainly limited to the turn of the 1970s and the mid-1990s.
▲ The music industry's most dangerous jobs appear to be those performed by the stars themselves. It's hard enough just trying to pick up a paycheck if you're an artist, but based on some of the references in this article, it looks like your life's in danger, too!
▲ The famous 27 Club has been the subject of several movies, songs and books. Do you believe in that not-so-magic number? Those early superstar deaths planted a seed that was re-examined when Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994, aged 27. The more recent demise of Amy Winehouse, who many believe defied the Illuminati
, only served to fuel the fires of suspicion. The 27 Club is believed to be a young person's fixation rather than the result of any underlying force of nature that only affects rock musicians. However, the infographic below presents data about the 27 Club that is difficult to ignore. Check it out:
27 Club Infographic © 2013, Adrienne Erin, for Clarity Way