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The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll Perfect Paperback – October 27, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


“The deaths of these rock stars at the age of 27 really changed the way we look at rock music.”
National Public Radio

“As much as this book is about The 27s, it is about music; about America; about the art and perils of the music industry; about the mystique behind death at age 27; and finally about history itself. The 27s is a must read for anyone interested in knowing more about the greatest musicians of modern times. It's presented like a resonance of sound in the clearest grain of a violin.”
—Ian Halperin, NY Times bestselling author/filmmaker, Director of The film The Cobain Case, Author of Who Killed Kurt Cobain and Love and Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain

“If you’re a rock-an-roller, watch out once you hit the age of 27.”
Washington Post

“In addition to a music history, The 27s is also an artistically arresting book, thanks to Hunter’s eye-popping artwork, which is woven through the text in the manner of a graphic novel. It can be read linearly, or at random.”
Atlanta Journal of Constitution

“A wild and creative romp through the crazy but true world of the phenomenon of rock stars dying far too young. The graphic novel approach to this book is vividly wild, and fantastic...”
—Charles R. Cross, author of Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix and Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

“Segalstad and Hunter take the reader on a journey through 4 decades of Rock N Roll history and mythos without sinking into sycophantic hero worship. Think Allred's Red Rocket 7 meets Rock and Roll 101 with great graphic design and a little bit of numerology and geometry thrown in for good measure.”
—Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools

“This Rock Epistle goes from cool to creepy and back to cool. The tone of the book is magical and modern, a little sad but goes to the wealth of material these artists produced and applauds their passion. Hendrix did Carson? Yes! Some amazing facts come to light in this amazing new book.”
—Sugarbuzz magazine

“The paradoxically lively tome explores the grisly mystery in vivid yet reverential detail, from household names like Janis and Jimi to lesser known but nonetheless influential artists such as early R&B singer Jesse Belvin, Big Star’s Chris Bell and more recent inductees including The Mars Volta’s Jeremy Michael Ward.”
—Burlington’s Seven Days

“Despite never focusing on a single person for long, it’s clear that they fully understand the essence of each subject’s artistry.”
Performing Songwriter

“What you've put together really is amazing… The illustrations are integral to the whole presentation… It’s fascinating; it’s truly unusual.”
—Canadian radio personality Roy Green

The 27s maps out the stories of some of our most beloved musicians through a very compelling myth and, in that way, brings to life the musicians whose deaths seemed so untimely. Hunter’s graphic novel-styled illustrations—drawings of musicians, colorfully stylized quotes and sidebars, maps, silhouettes, images of the roads and pills that killed The 27s, scraps of the suicide notes—swirl around Segalstad’s intriguing, non-linear storylines, creating a highly-stylized but absolutely in-depth snapshot of the history of rock & roll.”
Missoula Independent

The 27s uses stylized artwork, and employs music history, maps, timelines, musical references and recommendations, mysticism, and involved essays to provide various theories on why the phenomenon of musical geniuses dying by 27 exists.”
Huffington Post

The 27s goes so much deeper than I expected. It's not just Jimi, Janis and Jim in this club after all. The storytelling method is unique [and] the illustrations make this book truly special.”
—Matt Simpson, CBS program director for the legendary New York City rock station WNEW

About the Author

Eric Segalstad is a freelance journalist and musician based out of Vermont. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Montana and his words and photography have appeared in music and outdoor magazines such as Relix, Jambase, Ski, and Skiing. Josh Hunter resides in Buford, Georgia, and works as an illustrator, graphic designer, and painter. He holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and his work has been featured by Bill Graham Presents, Widespread Panic, and the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado.

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Samadhi Creations; First edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615189644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615189642
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tonybonez on April 23, 2009
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Have you ever got kinda sad while reading a great book, knowing that the ride will ultimately end in the pages to come? For me, The 27s is one of those books, and thankfully the ride does not have to end when the book does. The 27s is dripping with rich musical knowledge, and Segalstad directs readers to explore outside its pages by quoting lyrics, dropping influential song names, and embedding the text with web links. The art is also a whole other element, and now I feel I must go back and simply appreciate each page's colorful canvas.
Segalstad & Hunter have created a new unique reading experience that appeals to those of us who not only want to read about music history, but be a part of it through a stunning multisensory experience.
Pick up this book and start your musical journey into the mystery that is The 27s!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ignatius Reilly on April 20, 2009
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What I like most about the book is the individual narratives of each musician. An interesting point is the wide an array of characters and how their lives did not mirror one another, but often vary significantly. The drawings are awesome page after page. If you are a fan of great writing, interesting stories, or unique portraits, you should pick this up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cyd on April 15, 2009
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This is an enchanting book (graphic non-fiction style) that weaves through the true stories of a number of musicians who coincidentally died at age 27. It is loaded with interesting and often fairly intense information about these people and I found it hard put down. The book is interspersed with striking artwork and images of the musicians that seemingly flows with the stories, and is beautiful to look at. A nice touch is a running timeline with related and unrelated events happening in the world, and also sidebar notes that add some insight. I really enjoyed it and will probably re-read it soon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca, Reader and Reviewer on April 24, 2009
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I couldn't put this book down, mainly due to the flow of the writing and the mass of intriguing information assimilated in this excellent work. There was also the delightful surprise of the quality of the artwork and the tactile pleasure in the touching and turning of the slick pages. I was fascinated with the numerology that the authors used for intelligent tie-ins to history, mythology and astrology. What makes my love of this book even more significant to me is that I'm not a hard rock fan beyond the Hendrix, Morrison, and Joplin era; but in reading this book,I realized that rock and roll lives (and dies with) and is reborn in generation after generation of those drawn to the flame of the art and ideals of rock and roll. The cover reads, "Created by Eric Segalstad and Josh Hunter." Indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Murret on October 29, 2008
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I have read over a dozen books on musicians and musical periods over the last 2 years and I have to say that this book is a new and welcomed change. Upon receiving this, I immediately saw what a beautiful and colorful book it is. The illustrations and artwork are unique and captivating. The illustrations complement the writing to create a larger experience of your senses. There are also side bar captions and timelines throughout the book that allow anyone to pick up this book and just peruse it in a coffee table book type manner. I am only a quarter of the way into this thing and have thoroughly enjoyed and have learned quite a bit in the process.
I am looking forward to the rest of this book and plan on purchasing a few more of these as gifts for some musician friends and music lovers. I highly recommend this book!
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