The 27s saga stretches over 292 illustrated pages and tells the story of rock & roll through the lives and legacies of the nearly three-dozen rock starts who died at that age. "The important thing to remember is that fame isn't the only criterion for being an important artist," says author Eric Segalstad. "Even if Janis hadn't made as big as she did she would've been picked up as an important influence by a later generation. Her rambunctious voice-which was completely opposite of, say, Joan Baez' angelic pipes-shook up the Bay Area coffee scene that Jerry Garcia and Jorma Kaukonen were a part of. And that's really what this book is about-telling interesting stories about the stars and introducing overlooked but influential musicians that you might not know too much about-and putting it all in context. It's really the greatest myth of rock & roll."
"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. Well done!"
—Ian Halperin, New York Times bestselling author/filmmaker, director of The Cobain Case, and author of Who Killed Kurt Cobain and Love and Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain