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A Brief History of the 27 Club

50 musicians have died at age 27. Here, Howard Sounes recalls their final hours
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Brian Jones

Jones' death at his country home in England in 1969 was the direct result of his foolish behavior. To mix alcohol and drugs, and then dive into the swimming pool, was to swim into the arms of Death. As clear as this seems, the death of Brian Jones has become one of the most persistent mysteries of rock 'n' roll, with many people questioning the official version of what happened. Even members of the Rolling Stones are doubtful. "And still the mystery of his death hasn't been solved," Keith Richards has said. "I don't know what happened, but there was some nasty business going on."

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