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Courtney Love to spill secrets in memoir next year

Book expected for release in early 2014

By MSN Music Partners Oct 22, 2013 9:59AM


It's a big season for controversial musical memoirs. First, Morrissey released his long-awaited "Autobiography." Now Courtney Love will release her own book in early 2014 through William Morrow at Harper Collins, a source at the publishing house confirms to Rolling Stone.


As Consequence of Sound notes, the book's product page recently showed up on Amazon with a release date of mid-December 2013, which the publishers have said is inaccurate. The product description on Amazon says the book explores many juicy subjects: the former Hole singer's battles with drug addiction; her "tragic romance" with Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain; her relationships with Billy Corgan, Trent Reznor and Ed Norton; her "rocky relationship with her hippy parents" and her early days making ends meet as a stripper. It's described as "a riveting story, too crazy not to be true."


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That story reportedly begins "in the San Francisco counter-culture, maturing within the world of punk and grunge in the 1980s and 1990s." Though the book is certainly being hyped for its tales of excess and romance, the product description also promises to probe beyond tabloid-bait tidbits, "offering unique insights into the modern rock culture (Love) helped shape, creating an unforgettable portrait of an outspoken, creatively dangerous, undeniably entertaining artist and woman."


Love spoke about the memoir to Rolling Stone back in June, noting the influence of Patti Smith and Russell Brand on the project.


"I'm writing some of it myself and then I'm co-writing it with Anthony Bozza," she said.


"Yesterday I did four hours on it, the day before that I did five hours on it. Just covering the bases, but I finally have a map of places that need coverage and I can hop around from starting in 1994 and get to 2008 in two sentences. It's hard for me to be really linear. I'm reading Just Kids again because I know [Patti Smith] wrote that by herself, and "My Booky Wook" by Russell Brand, which I think is a great book in terms of just his voice. And then I found an old Tallulah Bankhead book where she is very fabulous. So it's a combination of those three books. [Keith Richards'] "Life" was just so bloody long, I didn't even finish it."


More from Rolling Stone
Q&A With Courtney Love: On Her Memoir and ‘I’m Still Alive’ Tour

Rolling Stone’s List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Hole, ‘Live Through This’
Rolling Stone’s List of Musicians Who Defined ‘90s Style: Courtney Love
Rolling Stone’s List of the Decade’s 50 Wildest Rock & Roll Meltdowns


Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP



Oct 23, 2013 9:12PM
Secrets..............meaning getting drunk and taking drugs.    There, now you don't have to read the book.
Oct 23, 2013 10:12AM

She's taking an total **** kicking here on MSNnow for sure & I'm sure she'll take more of the same when the book comes out. Reviews of her are always it her music, movies, videos or her personal life, but personal crap aside, you just can't deny her music. 'castillo92505''s comment below said it just perfect. Her lyrics are memorable & even the topics of her music, most of which reflect her life or life addictions of the time, although they may not have been nor may not ever be someone's cup of tea, if you are a true music person & know your stuff, then you can't deny this woman or her talent. People really seem to love to hate her, Nirvana & Cobain. I don't get that....not all that music was my bag at the time...I was not too much into the whole grunge scene, but you could not deny what was happening at the time...all the bands & all the classic songs/lyrics that will speak people for generations to come cause they are timeless.....cause the issues they address are timeless! She did exactly that. Addressed women's issues & the generation of that times issues to a tee. You just can't deny it. It's easier to bash on stuff your tastes is not aligned with, but like I said, if your a REAL music person & you know your history....she's got her place in it...rightfully earned. I think it's also a testament that she's still with us. I thought for sure after Kurt....that's she'd meat that same fate. Maybe not via that same method, but for sure, an OD. Yet here she is. I doubt the cash is running low...a lot of people say that's why she's doing the book. Speaking from a financial point of view, when it comes to royalties, I doubt she's hard up for ca**** just time. No one rights a book in their "now" moment of celebrity do they? No...what's the point...all ur crap is happening now so we get all we need. It's the later...the way down the road...I wanna hear the back stories...the inside scoops...I want their personal perspective and take on things from their past. No matter what the scoops, sports, movie, tv, writers or music entertainer, these things always make for a good read. Bash if you's what gets most of you through the day anyway lol

Thanks for the time

Oct 22, 2013 4:49PM
Wasn't even worth my time to read this article about her.....
Oct 22, 2013 4:44PM
I really don't care. Skipped most of the 'article' and went to the comments....those were fun. Good job y'all!
Oct 22, 2013 4:33PM
Who has time to read the comics anymore?
Oct 22, 2013 4:19PM
Does anybody really care what Courtney "Skank" Love has to say?  Sure, some other skanks and Nirvanaheads will, but she's been persona non grata for a very long time now.  Are Kurt Cobain's royalties running low, and she needs some dough is why this "memoir" is due next year?
Oct 22, 2013 4:16PM
Ya think she'll finally tell the truth about the death of Kurt Cobain? 
Oct 22, 2013 3:37PM

Burnt through all her millions on drugs already . . . . ?


This article was as much as I will read about her so called book

Oct 22, 2013 3:25PM
She's constantly messed up, how can she remember from one day to the next what happened?  Or if it really did happen or if she was just trippin'?
Oct 22, 2013 3:00PM
I'd say she is possibly the best  female rockers of our generation.  Hits after hits, not only in music but music videos.  Her lyrics are memorable, pointing to a woman's survival on the streets, drug abuse, depression, reflection, and love.  She is great performer, individual, who is not afraid to walk to razor's edge of life.  I'd say she lived it all, and will always be remembered for "celebrity skin".
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Oct 22, 2013 2:30PM
Ain't going to happen. There will be too many delays and lawsuits....
Oct 22, 2013 2:09PM
What an absolute waste of someone's time to read anything she scribbles out when she has her 30 minutes a day of being coherent . An absolute waste of air we breath. Want to stem so called global warming, then shut her up.
Oct 22, 2013 2:08PM

I'm thinking you has quite a few secrets.


Sounds like this will be well worth reading....

Oct 22, 2013 2:06PM
She reminds me of my brother's girlfriend.  No, I can't stand her either.
Oct 22, 2013 1:59PM
I want some Love, lets have a beer!!!
Oct 22, 2013 1:34PM
This woman may be f*#ked up, but she does rock. You got to give the devil his, or her due.
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