When we set out to research The 27s—The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll you could hardly find information about the so-called 27 Club online. Sifting through stacks of old magazines, rock biographies, official death records, and seeking out old lovers and band mates we were able to gain a complete picture, and with it, an understanding of what The 27s really meant. We self-published the book in 2008 and Random House took it international on the 15th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed Eric, which resulted in additional coverage from Australia’s ABC to Vermont Public Radio.
When Amy Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) died at age 27 we were caught by surprise. We were headed out the door to go surfing when CNN and Al Jazeera called us for on-camera comments about the breaking story. Suddenly, rock’s greatest phenomenon went viral.