We’ve all heard of the 27 Club, but even if a musician sees 28 years old, they shouldn’t expect to live much longer beyond that.
A study recently conducted by Sydney University found that, on average, musicians die 25 years younger than non-musicians. Researchers examined 12,655 musicians who passed away between 1950 and 2014, and found that the average age of death was between their late 50s and early 60s.
What’s more, suicide rates among musicians were between two and seven times greater than the general population, and homicide rates up to eight times greater.
Professor Dianna Kenny, who led the study, told ABC News, “The music scene celebrates drugs and promiscuity and valorisation of early death, so young musicians who are depressed and suicidal are attracted to these types of environments. They are meeting fellow travellers where they amplify each others suicide, depression, or substance abuse and that gets into an-out-of-control spiral leading to early death.”
And even if they’re able to evade an early death, it’s not like they’ll have any money. But, hey, who am I to crush the dream of rock ‘n’ roll?