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Famous musicians mortality study

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The Famous Musicians Mortality Study is an analysis into whether there is a true increase in risk of death for musicians at age 27, using a retrospective cohort of famous musicians, solo artists and band members included. Participants included musicians who had a number one album in the United Kingdom between 1956 (when the UK charts began) and 2007.


Wolkewitz, Martin, Allignol, Arthur, Graves, Nicholas, and Barnett, Adrian. (2011). Is 27 really a dangerous age for famous musicians? Retrospective cohort study. BMJ (International Edition), 343(7837), pp. 1-6. http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7799

Research areas

R software
27 club

Related information

Arthur Allignol, collaborator on Famous Musicians Mortality Study http://portal.uni-freiburg.de/imbi/team?showEmployee=arthur
Wikipedia: List of 1970s UK albums chart number ones http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_albums_from_the_1970s_%28UK%29
Martin Wolkewitz, collaborator on Famous Musicians Mortality Study http://portal.uni-freiburg.de/imbi/team?showEmployee=wolke
The Human Mortality Database: Death rates per 100 person years in the UK population by decade of birth were used for comparison in this research. http://www.mortality.org/cgi-bin/hmd/country.php?cntr=GBR&level=2
The R Project for Statistical Computing: R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics (for UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS). http://www.r-project.org/

Dates of data collection

From 2011-07-31 to 2011-12-20


Has output
Musician mortality data, 1956-2007  (Research data set)
Has participant
Adrian Barnett  (Researcher)
Nicholas Graves  (Researcher)


Phone: +61 7 3138 6010
Fax: +61 7 3138 6030


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