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A REVIEW OF LOVE'S BIOGRAPHY, COURTNEY LOVE: QUEEN OF NOISE



On April 10, 1996, a biography of Courtney Love appeared in stores. Courtney Love: Queen of Noise, written by Melissa Rossi and published by Pocket Books, is a very typical example of pop bios. "The astonishing, no-holds-barred look into the heart and soul of today's high priestess of rock 'n' roll. . . " it reads on the cover, with the tantalizing "A Most Unauthorized Biography" to boot. As a piece of journalism it is shoddy, and can only offer pedestrian insight into her story, her "band" and her life with Cobain. On the whole, the book is as sorry as its subject. Courtney Love is a lot of things - evil, greedy, amoral, cruel, obnoxious, psychopathic, violent, supremely manipulative, insane, disgusting (her childhood classmates used to call her "Pee Girl") - but what seems most apparent is that a long time ago, for Courtney there stopped being any meaning to "truth" or "lies." Ultimately, QON is the story of a fantasy-come-true of a smart but talentless megalomaniac. A review of the book in Seattle's The Stranger began with the headline "The Girl With the Most Hype," which pretty much hits the nail on the head.

Now for the good news: even Rossi herself suspects that Love didn't write the music for Live Through This (Kurt did). Queen of Noise also confirms with many anecdotes that Courtney is indeed a monster. But deep down she is an extremely vulnerable and fragile person, especially when it concerns Kurt's death. The following occurred at the last show of Hole's '95 Lollapalooza tour:

"The sweetness soured minutes later, however, when the set ended. According to accounts from those close up at the show, the trouble started with two young men in the front row who were obviously not Hole fans. They had glared during the show, and refused to clap at the show's end, standing crossed-armed, staring.
Courtney screamed at them, "Louder!"
One of them hissed, "You killed Kurt!"
She stepped into the audience and started pounding them.
Courtney was carried off from her last Lollapalooza show, crying."

And another time:

"When Hole played Portland, Courtney walked onstage before a screaming full-house chanting her name as though she were the second coming. By the third song, she'd stomped off. The reason was painfully obvious: someone had yelled out, 'You killed Kurt!'"

At the only Hole show I've attended, the one described above, Courtney stopped at one point, mid-song, because of a girl up front wearing a black NIN t-shirt and looking very dour and unimpressed. Courtney flat-out asked the girl why didn't she like her and to come up onstage. Love awkwardly showed her how to play a couple of chords on her guitar. The girl played along, but soon returned to her seat with an expression that said, "What a fucking pathetic loser" - no more won over than the guys at Lollapalooza. Courtney Love can't deal with people she can't control, and when she's confronted with them, she's at her weakest. The next time Hole tours, be sure to get a good seat up front.


"More significant, though, was the interest [Courtney] helped to generate in the Internet."
-Courtney Love: Queen of Noise


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