Dark side of rock

August 24, 2022

“Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” is a term frequently used to describe the lifestyle of a rockstar. They are known for being possibly the coolest, craziest, and most rebellious people. But behind all the large crowds, extravagant clothing, loud performances and crazy parties, our loved legends are typically everyday people struggling with dark inner thoughts and addiction. For rockstars, it is especially hard to avoid drugs and alcohol when it consumes your life and the people around you. They are introduced to copious amounts of addictive substances regularly throughout their career, unfortunately leading to the deaths of many of our favorite stars. And though performing in the spotlight has helped many artists to embrace themselves and gain confidence, it has also hurt many by turning something so joyful into something too overwhelming in a matter of years. Many began to feel alone and stuck with their problems, turning to drugs in hopes to solve them. Oftentimes, addiction and mental health issues took the lives of influential and talented stars. Even young artists who had only been involved in the music industry for a few years got pulled into the dark side of rock ‘n’ roll. Quite a few were as young as 27, those of which had become members of the “27 Club”. The “27 Club” describes the multiple stars that passed away at the cursed age of 27, many including rock stars. Numerous theories circle this unofficial club, however, the most popular one covers the trade of life for quick success. Some believe that stars had “sold their soul to the devil for fame” resulting in death at the young age of 27. Though it’s interesting and a little eerie to think about, it is just a theory on some odd consequences and tragedies noticed throughout the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Jannis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Kurt Kobain, and Amy Winehouse are all members of the infamous “27 Club”. Each artist impacted the music world immensely, and their deaths devastated fans all over the world. Whether they did “sell their soul” or not it still shows that rock isn’t always as glamorous as it seems and that the dark side can cast a shadow enveloping some of its most important members.

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