Tragedies and Mysteries of Rock ‘n’ Roll


Primi’s large coffee table book is chock full of impressive profiles and photographs of “rock” legends who were “done to soon.” The common denominator and real tragedy is the lost of talent that emanated from these musicians during their lifetimes. The author introduces the profiles with stories of the “rock curse” or the 27 Club where well-known artists such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison all passed away at age 27. Amy Winehouse recently passed away at age 27. Each story varies and some of the text is not meant for the faint of heart. Some of the musicians came from dysfunctional families where divorce and drug abuse were prevalent, some died in accidents, many of them died from heroin or cocaine overdoses or they drank themselves to death. Some couldn’t cope with the media pressure and the grueling touring schedules and some of the deaths remain a mystery. John Lennon once said, “We’re going to live, or we’re going to die. If we’re dead, we’re going to have to deal with that. If we’re alive, we’re going to have to deal with being alive.” Engrossing and heartbreaking.

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