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Death, Drugs and Rock'n Roll
Why did Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain all die at the age of 27? What's the connection between celebrity and death? Are addiction-prone people more sensitive and likely to become musicians? Does death give an artist credibility? What are the pressures that drive someone to a dangerous place?


# 10 Elliott Smith

Singer, songwriter Elliott Smith was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment when he was only 34 years old. The circumstances of his passing are still a mystery. Join KEXP Docs for an inside look at this reluctant rock star.

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Photo by Paul Heartfield - From Myspace

Piano Photo by Autumn Dewilde - From Myspace

# 9 Kurt Cobain

Who is the man behind the image of Nirvana's superstar frontman Kurt Cobain. In this short radio documentary you'll hear Kurt tell in his own words what he thinks of addiction, fame and the image created for him by the media.

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Nirvana - From Myspace

The album Nevermind jettisoned Nirvana into stardom

# 8 Mark Sandman

Morphine was a Boston trio who liked to keep things simple. Marc Sandman led the band with a 2-string bass guitar and baritone vocals. There was no guitar in the group, they just added sax and drums. In 1999 Sandman died onstage during a performance near Rome.

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Sandman Died On Stage in 1999 at Age 46 - From Myspace

Morphine - From Myspace

# 7 Mia Zapata

Mia Zapata was brutally murdered in 1993 just when her band The Gits were about to hit it big. In this KEXP Documentary, her friends and family tell the story of this strong, magnetic punk rocker and how she inspired the self-defense organization Home Alive.

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Enter The Conquering Chicken - Gits album released after Mia's death

Frenching The Bully - The Gits debut album

# 6 Bob Stinson

Bob Stinson was the guitarist for the hard partying alt-rock legends the Replacements for 8 years before getting kicked out for excessive drug use. Join KEXP Documentaries and “Replacements: All Over but the Shouting” author Jim Walsh for a look at this mysterious artist's rise and fall.

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Stinson second from left on Let It Be

Stinsons' last record with the band

# 5 Nico

German model and singer Nico was most famous for her work with the Velvet Underground. Join KEXP for a look at Nico's entry into the music world, her battle with heroin and her mysterious death.

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Nico Solo Album

Velvet Underground and Nico

# 4 Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is the most influential rock guitarist of all time. This is impressive when you realize his career spanned only 4 years and he recorded only 4 studio albums. But who is the man behind the guitar?

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Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

Jimi Hendrix - Bold As Love

# 3 Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison of The Doors brought a darkness to music of the late 60's. His vision and style paved the way for punk and indie acts of today.

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The Doors - Debut Album (1967)

The Doors - L.A. Woman

# 2 Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin opened herself up with every note she sang. Take a look behind the image of the Queen of Rock n' Roll.

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Janis Joplin - Pearl Album (1971)

Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits

# 1 Marc Bolan of T Rex

In the 1970's Marc Bolan's band T Rex was bigger than the Beatles. Check out the man behind the fame in this story of one of rock's greatest icons.

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Electric Warrior - T Rex (1972)

The Slider - T Rex (1972)