All Things Must Pass

This site celebrates the giants of a generation of musicians that is now starting to leave us. The focus might appear morbid - it is not meant to be.


Rather, it celebrates the longevity and continuing creativity of a generation of musicians who never dreamed they could make life-long careers in the then-new rock 'n roll. But, it turns out, they could and many did. We hope to show that the 27 Club has a much smaller membership than you would think, and certainly much smaller that the 80 And Still Going Club.

Sad news at the end of March with the untimely passing of Taylor Hawkins, the personable and energetic Foo Fighters drummer. Brief tributes to Taylor and to other recent losses from across the world of music are on our Farewell page.

Happier news in early April that the 80+ club has a couple of new members:

  • Allan Clarke of The Hollies (80 on 5 April), who joins his old friend Graham Nash. Together, in Manchester in 1959, before they were the Hollies, they beat Jonny and the Moondogs (soon to be The Beatles) in a talent contest; and

  • Roger Chapman of Family (80 on 8 April). Chappo was a great frontman for Family, with his highly personal style of delivery married to a unique (in rock music) vibrato delivery. He was also the principal songwriter for the group, with Charlie Whitney. Post-Family he has had a strong solo career, much of it in Germany, and released a solo album in 2021.


To celebrate rock's 80 year olds, and other feats of longevity, please visit our Analysis of these living legends.

Please note - the site is still undergoing a major refresh, during which old, outdated material will still be available for a while - please bear with us while we clean everything up.


Best place to start is probably with the Bands pages. We've grouped the bands into five categories, dependent on the survival rate of the membership. We're only focusing, initially, on major line-ups, although our database aims to track all recording line-ups. We're much less interested at this stage (although not uninterested) in touring line-ups.

An "On this day..." feature is on our Celebrations page.