Anther lazy Sunday, tailor made for another lazy Sunday post:
Perhaps you've heard of the "27 Club" or the "Forever 27 Club?" If you haven't, it's a way to refer to a number of legendary rock icons who all died at the age of 27. When I think of legendary rock icons who died at the age of 27, I think of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain; fans of the Rolling Stones would insist that Brian Jones be included as well.
Now, with the news of Amy Winehouse's death at the age of 27, CBS News insists that she has joined the club. I would heartily disagree with that, unless CBS doesn't care about whether the artist has made an indelible impression on the music world, but only that he or she died at the age of 27 - which would include all of these artists as well. It would seem that I am apparently able to do that two-second internet research that someone at CBS found too difficult. I'm sure Walter Cronkite would have gone that extra mile.
Of course, sensationalism sells the news, and comparing Amy Winehouse's legacy to that of some of rock's greats simply by virtue of them dying at the same age is more sensational than speculating whether or not drugs played a role in her death and if she should have, in fact, gone to rehab (for those of you who may not be familiar with her discography, that's a reference to one of her songs that describes her refusal to go to rehab).
Don't get me wrong, her death is a tragedy, and my sympathy goes out to all of her friends and family and anyone whose life she touched. But she's no Jim Morrison.
And if you had her in your death pool, you just hit a home run.