“27: A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse”
Author: Howard Sounes
Hardcover: 360 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars
Named one of Publisher Weekly’s Top 10 Music Titles for Fall 2013 “27 A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse” written by Howard Sounes is a book that takes a look at music’s “27 Club” and the artists who comprise it. Told over the course of 360 pages Sounes looks not only at the artists lives but also at their deaths and from there attempts to compare the artists in an effort to find similarities in these 6 subjects.
When I received my copy of “27” I thought to myself why hadn’t someone thought of writing about this sooner? This so called “27 Club” isn’t just made up of meteoric artist who only experienced a flash of success. Instead the members of this club include influential musicians who during their careers impacted millions of listeners and helped shape their respective genre’s for years to come. The thing I enjoyed most about how Howard Sounes approached this rather speculative topic is fairly interesting. The book is broken in to two parts with the beginning chapters being devoted to the life of each musician and the chapters toward the end of the book relating the deaths of these individuals. It was kind of nice as having followed the careers of both Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse I was able to sort of jump around a little bit as a portion of the material here has been widely documented and I think I am still recovering from the media coverage of both these events even though they were some time ago now.
Those looking for definitive answers on what ultimately ties these musicians together in death might not be too surprised with the information contained in this book nor will the reader find a lot of new or undocumented information on the subjects as I don’t feel that was the authors intention with this book. Instead for the first time the information about these six people is available all in one place combined with one person’s perspective on the events which are surprisingly similar. Combine that with 16 pages eerily fitting black and white photography and “27 A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse” makes for an ok read.
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Elaine Hendrix plays the role of Sheila in the new web series “Fetching”. Media Mikes had a chance to talk with Elaine recently about working on the series and what other projects have been keeping her busy.
Adam Lawton: What can you tell us about your new show “Fetching”?
Elaine Hendrix: I love this role so much. It is a web series put out by Michael Eisner’s company. They teamed up with AOL and writer Amy Harris who wrote “Sex and the City”. The series is fun and really cute. There are animals in it and you can never go wrong there. I like to describe my character on the show as being fabulously, fabulous. She is the top client at Fetching and spoils her dog rotten. I had a ball doing this. It was very much like shooting for a television series other than we jammed the whole season in to a month’s worth of shooting. There have been talks already of doing a second run.
AL: What drew you to the project?
EH: First and for most it was set in a dog boutique. There was going to be a lot having to do with dogs. Being the animal activist that I am it was perfect. Also getting the chance to work with Amy Harris was something that I really wanted to do as I am a big fan of her work.
AL: What do you think was the biggest challenge working on a series like this?
EH: Surprisingly nothing. The only difference was that we had to move a little faster. In this day and age unless you are a 100 million dollar franchise everyone is trying to do things on a shoe string budget. Moving faster has sort of become the norm. I think the show looks beautiful and the writing and cast are top rate. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
AL: What did you enjoy most about your role?
EH: Sheila is kind of like the “Samantha” of the show minus the gratuitous sex. Sorry to disappoint all the readers. (Laughs) She lives in her own world and plays by her own rules. Sheila knows who she is and has no qualms being that.
AL: Can you tell us about a few of your other projects?
EH: I just finished work on “A Street Car Named Desire” and it’s looking like the production is going to be reprised in Los Angeles which would be great. I love Blanche Dubois. For women’s roles it doesn’t get much better than that. I did a Christmas film for the Ion Network that will be released around the holidays. I also did a film titled “General Education” which was just released. Then there are a few other projects that are in development as well.