A Brief History of the 27 Club

50 musicians have died at age 27. Here, Howard Sounes recalls their final hours
Previous Next
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

blog comments powered by Disqus

Jimi Hendrix

In the early hours of Friday, September 18th, 1970, while staying with a girlfriend in London, Jimi took some sleeping pills. Nobody knows for sure how many pills he swallowed, or whether he understood what he was taking. The drug was a strong barbiturate, Vesparax. Half a tablet was enough to put a man to sleep for eight hours – Jimi may have swallowed as many as nine. He had also been drinking. This was foolish and reckless but it was in character. During his years on the road Jimi had got into the habit of using drugs indiscriminately. "Jimi would take a handful of shit, not even knowing what it was," says his friend Deering Howe.

Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.