He also looks at what connects these six musicians and how essentially, the club is one that is deeply tragic, not something to be celebrated or idolised as it is so often portrayed. Firstly Jenks notes that many of the above six could be classed as geniuses or near-geniuses. Anyone with an IQ of 140 or above is considered genius. Jenks notes Morrison’s IQ was 149 while Winehouse was a huge bookworm, spelling bee champ and academically successful.
Other factors he notes, which is where the more dark elements set in, are they all come from parents who have divorced, or they have had some traumatic childhood experience with their parents. Many also have mental health issues, from bipolar to depression.
And it's these two last factors which feed into the sorrow behind the success. Because, although highly successful at writing and performing music, they put out many cries for help. And it meant they were more extreme risk-takers when it came to drug-taking and alcohol which resulted in a carelessness about their own lives. So, ultimately, as the podcast notes, the reality behind this “club” is more tragedy than celebratory.
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