Francesca Martin on an exhibition of musicians who are forever 27

Francesca Martin: The most famous members of 'the Forever 27 Club' are to be remembered in a new exhibition

They lived fast and they died young, at the age of 27 to be precise. And now the most famous members of "the Forever 27 Club" - musicians who all died at that age, often in circumstances never fully explained - are to be remembered in a new exhibition.

Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain will feature in Forever 27, opening this September at London's Proud Camden. The gallery has gathered together 60 photographs of the five musicians, including Philip Townsend's first photoshoot of the Rolling Stones and some of the last pictures of Brian Jones before he died; Steve Double's iconic images of Kurt Cobain; and Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, shot by Elliott Landy, official photographer at Woodstock.

Our obsession with fast-living musicians is still strong, explains curator Sam Talbot. "We feel that the 27 club still has a continuing relevance. The celebrity spotlight was especially strong on these five musicians. Through some of the greatest rock'n'roll photography of the past century, this exhibition gives us an opportunity to examine how it affected them."

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