Behind the Curse of the White Lighter
Originally posted by American Songwriter
BY ALLI PATTON
In the world of music, there is an urban legend-turned-superstition that exists, one in which a disposable BIC lighter strikes caution in the hearts of all who carry it. The curse of the white lighter has been long-fabled musical lore, but where did it come from and is there any truth behind it?
The superstition’s origins are steeped in rumor and hearsay. Tied to the famed 27 Club, a cultural phenomenon in which several musicians died at the age of 27, the tale poses that several members – like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain – were all in possession of white lighters when they passed.
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