Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Making tiny gingerbread houses with Marissa Fraering #thanksgiving https://t.co/4HTXym4IDM
Courtney Love (born Love Michelle Harrison, 9.7.1964)
Courtney Love is an American songwriter, musician and actress.
Childhood: Courtney Love was born to Linda Carroll and Hank Harrison. Linda was a therapist and Hank was formerly a roadie for The Grateful Dead, as well as being a publisher. Courtney had a turbulent childhood: her parents divorced when she was young and underwent a custody battle, with Linda accusing Hank of having given Courtney LSD at the age of three (though he vehemently denies this).
Courtney mainly lived with her mother, eventually settling in hippy communes in Oregon. She then went to a boarding school in Nelson, New Zealand. Whilst there, she was a huge fan of Bay City Rollers and applied to join the Mickey Mouse Club (which spawned careers for Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears) but was rejected after reading a Sylvia Plath poem.
At the age of 16, Love travelled independently around England, financed by a trust fund and hanging out with musicians such as Julian Cope of The Teardrop Explodes, as well as Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen.
Music Career & Acting: Courtney Love's first foray into music was as the singer of Faith No More. Roddy Bottum has since stated that Love's personality did not fit in.
When Courtney Love moved to Portland, Oregon, she formed a band with Kat Bjelland (later of Babes in Toyland) and Jennifer Finch (later of L7), called Sugar Baby Doll (or Sugar Babylon). They wore ripped baby doll dresses, and dubbed their style 'Kinderwhore'.
In 1986, Courtney auditioned for the role of Nancy Spungen in Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy. She lost out to Chloe Webb, but played Nancy's friend Gretchen. Sid Vicious was played by Gary Oldman. The following year, Alex Cox cast Courtney in his spaghetti-western, Straight to Hell, along with Joe Strummer, Grace Jones, Kathy Burke and Dennis Hopper.
After recruiting Eric Erlandson on guitar, Courtney Love formed Hole in 1989. Their debut album, Pretty on the Inside, was produced by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, as well as Dom Fleming. She made a number of musician friends in this period of her life, including R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins.
Shortly before the release of Live Through This, their second studio album, the band was hit by tragedy when Courtney's husband, Kurt Cobain died of an apparent suicide. A few months later, the bass player, Kristen Pfaff also died, of a suspected heroin overdose. She was replaced by Melissa Auf Der Maur.
In 1996, Courtney Love appeared in Milos Forman's biopic The People Vs. Larry Flynt, playing Larry Flynt's wife, Althea. Larry was played by Woody Harrelson and the film also featured Edward Norton (whom she briefly dated). Love's performance was highly acclaimed and her public perception of her abilities started to shift.
Hole's next album, released in 1998 was another success for Love. Entitled Celebrity Skin, the album featured a more polished sound, that Love dubbed 'Fleetwood Smack'. Drummer Patty Schemel had left the band and was replaced by a session drummer, Samantha Malone.
Hole began a US tour in 1999 supporting Marilyn Manson but dropped out half way through.
In 2001, the future of Hole was uncertain. Love started a 'supergroup' named Bastard, with Louise Post of Veruca Salt and bass player Gina Crosley. Crosley was replaced by Corey Parks from Nashville Pussy, but the project never came to fruition.
2004 saw Courtney Love release a solo album entitled America's Sweetheart. The album received mixed reviews but it did not fare as well commercially as previous releases with Hole.
Courtney's second solo album, Nobody's Daughter, was started in 2005, with Linda Perry (former singer of 4 Non Blondes and songwriter for artists such as Pink, among others) at the helm, producing the album. Billy Corgan is also one of the album's collaborators. Among the musicians playing on the album are Schoo Fisher of Ozric Tentacles, Micko Larkin and Bethia Beadman.
In 2009, it was announced that Hole would be reforming, with Micko Larkin (formerly of Larrikin Love) replacing Eric Erlandson. It was also reported that Melissa Auf Der Maur would be re-joining.
Personal Life: Courtney Love married Kurt Cobain, singer, guitarist and lead songwriter of Nirvana, in Hawaii, in 1992. Six months later, Courtney gave birth to their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
Kurt Cobain was found dead at their family home, with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in his head. His suicide note featured lyrics from a Neil Young song, 'My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)'.
In 2006, Courtney Love published her memoir, Dirty Blonde, which featured extracts of her diaries that she had kept since she was young.
Morrissey's 'List of the Lost' may have made him a figure of fun right now, but here's some examples of rock stars writing books and succeeding.
Eagle-eyed indie fans will have seen the hilarious news that Morrissey has been nominated for the ‘Bad Sex Award’ by The Literary Review this week. His first fictional work ‘List of the Lost’, arriving two years after 2013’s notorious ‘Autobiography’, received wildly mixed reviews from most critics.
The nominated passage of ‘erotic’ prose contains the memorable phrase ‘bulbous salutation’. He may be lauded as the lead singer of The Smiths and as a solo artist, but it’s unlikely that his fiction will be remembered in quite the same way, if this is anything to go by.
However, success on the stage doesn’t necessarily preclude a rock star from enjoying successful pursuits as writers. Here are some other, more accomplished examples of rock stars writing prose instead of lyrics.
Continue reading: Five Examples Of Pop Stars Becoming Authors
A new album of Cobain's home recordings is being released on November 13th.
Brett Morgen, the director of the Kurt Cobain documentary movie Montage of Heck earlier this year, has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for the “new” album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, which is released next month.
The filmmaker also took the time to defend the project from the criticism that it’s received from some quarters in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Just like The Bootleg Series furthers your understanding of Bob Dylan's process, I find that Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings furthers not just our understanding of his process but represents yet another angle, another side of Kurt — an artistic outlet that he was not necessarily able to work within the context of a three-piece band.”
Brett Morgen, director of 'Montage of Heck'
Frances Bean Cobain didn’t invite her mother, Courtney Love, to her wedding to Isaiah Silva.
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, is married! The 23-year-old wed musician Isaiah Silva, her boyfriend of five years, in a top secret ceremony. The nuptials were so secret that not even Frances’ mother, Courtney Love was informed until after the ceremony was over.
Frances Bean Cobain and Isaiah Silva photographed together in 2010.
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's old apartment in Los Angeles is available to rent on Airbnb. The couple lived in the apartment from 1991-1992.
You can now stay in Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's apartment for $150 per night. The apartment, in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, is available to rent on Airbnb. The late Nirvana singer and Love lived in the apartment during the early 90s when the band and Cobain were at the height of their fame.
Courtney Love lived in the apartment from 1991-1992 with her husband, Kurt Cobain.
Continue reading: Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love's Old Apartment Available To Rent On Airbnb
Courtney Love - A variety of stars turned out in numbers to attend the LA premiere of HBO's documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck" which was held at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Kurt Cobain's widow spoke about the experience of watching the new documentary 'Montage of Heck', currently on a limited theatrical release before its TV premiere next month.
Courtney Love has described watching the new documentary ‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’ with her daughter Frances as a “very healing” experience.
Love was left widowed with an infant daughter after Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. In an interview with V Magazine, the Hole singer said “To see [the movie] in that room with my daughter was very cathartic and I was very happy to spend a little time with him and to find out, to see things and hear audio, and see into his heart.”
Courtney Love spoke about the new documentary 'Cobain: Montage of Heck'
Kurt Cobain's daughter, now 22, is a co-executive producer of the forthcoming documentary 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck', and spoke about the film and her father to Rolling Stone.
Ahead of the release of the highly anticipated documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, about the Nirvana frontman, Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean has spoken to Rolling Stone magazine about her personal feelings of growing up and being aware of her father’s legend.
Born in 1992, Frances is the only daughter of Cobain and Hole singer Courtney Love. Now 22 years old and a visual artist, she was named as one of the executive producers of the Brett Morgen-directed documentary late last year.
Frances Bean Cobain co-executive produced the new 'Montage of Heck' documentary
In a new clip from the forthcoming official Kurt Cobain documentary, we discover the birth of grunge pioneers Nirvana; featuring a rare early performance clip, a set of black and white animated sketches seemingly entitled 'The Reaganites' and various notepad scribbles featuring words and phrases that were ultimately replaced by the band name 'Nirvana', including The Mandibles, Window Pain, Seringe, Godchild and Novacain. The film uses art and previously unseen footage and photos to document the rise to fame of Kurt Cobain, his struggles with addiction and his tragic suicide at the age of just 27.
Home movies of the Nirvana legend are featured in this amazing movie.
Some of Kurt Cobain's happiest moments are depicted in the new trailer for the first authorised documentary of his life 'Cobain: Montage Of Heck'; a collection of home movies and never before seen footage directed by Brett Morgen and executively produced by Frances Bean.
Kurt Cobain's life story comes to life in 'Montage of Heck'
While his early life saw the late Kurt Cobain as a happy-go-lucky child with a profound creative talent, the years following his parents' divorce were nothing short of tempestuous for the young musician. Though still hungry for music, songwriting and drawing, Cobain developed struggles with anger and rejection throughout his teenage years, setting him up for a success that would ultimately bring about his downfall. And while it seemed his astonishing success with grunge pioneers Nirvana in the 90s was a high point in his life, not to mention his relationship with Courtney Love and the birth of their daughter Frances, it only led to a tragic end.
Madonna has weighed in on the Dolce and Gabbana IVF controversy. Which other celebrities have offered their views?
Madonna has offered her opinion on the Dolce And Gabbana controversy and firmly supports Elton John's views. The controversy stems from a comment made by designer Domenico Dolce in an interview in an Italian magazine, Panorama. In the interview, Dolce described children born by IVF as "synthetic babies". The March issue of the magazine was released on 12th March but the backlash against the duo continues with many celebrities and LGBT groups calling for a boycott of the label and protesters picketing D&G stores.
Madonna at the 57th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2015.
Kurt Cobain was trapped in a troubled homelife as a child with his parents having divorced, and it wasn't long before he embarked on a tragic path of self-destruction. Deliberately rebellious as a teenager with a lot of pent up anger and frustration, Cobain's creative talents were obvious to those who knew him as he'd constantly be working on songwriting or artwork. The fame of his grunge pioneer band Nirvana brought a lot of dangerous issues including drug use, and it took its toll on his relationship with Courtney Love, with whom he bore a child. It seemed he was happy to be building a family of his own, but his sudden suicide at the age of 27 was not unforeseen for a musician so determined to bring peace to his own mind.
Continue: Cobain: Montage Of Heck Trailer
Date of birth
9th July, 1964
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Making tiny gingerbread houses with Marissa Fraering #thanksgiving https://t.co/4HTXym4IDM
Everyone take a look and help in anyway you can https://t.co/LV4Sea7Jj9
Memorable Mondays?? Is that even a thing? Well it is now so eat a 🍄.. Love this man #jimcarrey ❤💕❤💕… https://t.co/H9fHCv7Z3r
You're cool in my book @justinbieber xc
Happy birthday @jamesnorley #candyface 🎂🎈❤💕 xc https://t.co/bRs5QuauEB
Happy birthday krisjenner had a wonderful evening with @kimkardashian @rossbutler @jamesnorley… https://t.co/drlA8l3ZDX
werk it Brit Brit #tbt #slamminbod 🔥💕 https://t.co/PBwUjC3LH0
RT @PhizLair: Blown away by @Courtney & Todd Almond in 'Kansas City Choir Boy' profoundly original, impossible not to cry- https://t.co/41W…
as always, lovely seeing you @scotthaze @rossbutler @mistermims thank you for coming to my show #kccb… https://t.co/MHcxqfWdht
RT @BMPOPERA: Last week to catch Kansas City Choir Boy w/ @Courtney and @ToddAlmond at #CTG Kirk Douglas Theater! Don't miss it!! https://…
#Repost @scotthaze : My film MULLY made it's world premiere, Nov. 1st, 2015 at the Austin Film… https://t.co/LsySERvOcO
RT @CTGLA: Meet The Ensemble Behind #KansasCityChoirBoy https://t.co/1e6Utg5hMO #KCChoirBoy #KCCB #LAThtr https://t.co/D3LiG0eD94
#Repost @nickyhilton : For Halloween I'm dressed up as a Saint Laurent grunge collection barbie aka… https://t.co/l5qBLSRFpX
RT @NickyHilton: For Halloween I'm dressed up as a Saint Laurent grunge collection barbie aka Courtney Love 👸🏼☠ https://t.co/JyLMJ0eClu
RT @gina_din: Fantastic review of Mully of which I am an associate producer! @GinaDinPR #ShapingAfricanConversations https://t.co/JP2unQBP…
RT @JamesNorley: Fun before the storm. #cigar #check @rossbutler @courtney @brantharry @ https://t.co/hBwIjqhNPk
Trick-or-treat my pretties with #candyface @jamesnorley @rossbutler @brantharry @iblamejordan… https://t.co/TmBu4NYwPS
#Repost @brantharry : When @courtney is away me and Eleanor get to play ✨ https://t.co/SX2EiFzvMx
Pre-halloween party festivities with @jamesnorley @mrodofficial @brantharry @jaredleto #candyface… https://t.co/QMgWhocGDl
RT @ScottHaze: Austin bound; Premiering my film @MullyMovie this weekend at @austinfilmfest! Couldn't be more excited to share it for the f…