The twenty-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death happened this April, and his widow Courtney Love missed her opportunity to publish her fabled tell-all book to correspond with the date. This isn’t the first time she’s missed a deadline for this novel, and it probably won’t be the last.
And, with the recent revelation of Kurt Cobain's suicide note mocking his relationship to Courtney Love - its time to hear what she has to say about what happened 20 years ago.
For months, the Courtney Love camp has been promising a juicy autobiography. Rumors of the publication date first appeared in the summer 2013, followed by publicity-heavy articles in Spin, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone Magazine that hinted first at a December 15, 2013 release date and then at a Spring 2014 launch.
Yet spring has come and gone – and there is no book.
There are retractions, though, including Spin’s update that states, “According to representatives for Courtney Love, the singer's upcoming memoir does not yet have an official release date, title, cover, or synopsis. Love's reps told SPIN that Pan Macmillan, the company that is reportedly publishing the book's U.K. edition, posted incorrect information online without approval from Love's camp or fellow publisher HarperCollins, which is handling the U.S. pressing. That false info was then picked up by Amazon and circulated online. Love's reps also insisted that Pan Macmillan's description of the memoir was not the official summary. Stay tuned for more updates as they unfold.”
There isn’t even a clear understanding of which publishing company will be publishing the novel. In the beginning, HarperCollins was announced, but now Pan Macmillan and even Amazon’s independent publishing company haven been linked to the project.
Therefore, all fans have to look forward to is an untitled book with no cover, no release date, no official synopsis, and no updated information.
Come on, Courtney! Pull yourself together – you can do this! People want to hear what you have to say. Your amazing life story has to be told, and since it is unlikely that Poppy Z. Brite is going to come out of retirement any time soon to update the popular 1998 biography Courtney Love: The Real Story, then it is only fitting that you tell us the story in your own words.
Here are the top nine reasons why fans want Courtney Love to hurry up and get this book written, edited, and distributed:
Kurt and Courtney were married on February 24, 1992. It seemed like a match made in Grunge heaven - he was the lead singer of Nirvana and she was the lead singer of Hole. Two years later, on April 5, 1994 Kurt was found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound. Not exactly a happy ending.
"I like to portray the positive side of things. And certainly they had a very strong relationship, whether people like to believe it or not. He was in love with her, there's not doubt about it. And she was in love with him. You can see a lot of other pictures of him and they don't look like that. He is beautiful to start with, which helps (laughs). A very angelic figure. He was just a sweet kid, a real friendly guy, nice loving and quiet and shy and funny and interesting. And tired. [laughs] He was tired all the time."
-- excerpted from GRUNGE by Michael Levine
1. Answer the questions once and for all about ‘Live Through This’
There are so many critics who insist that Kurt wrote the music and lyrics for your popular 1994 album, not you. We want to hear your own words in response to these allegations, solidifying your status as a true Rock Goddess.
2. Address the murder allegations
Conspiracy theorists have been yelling for two decades now that Kurt did not commit suicide – that you murdered him. So let’s just put this whole ridiculous idea to bed. Tell us the story of that day, that night, that unbelievable experience. Tell your side of the story so that all the internet chatter can finally be silenced.
3. Spill the beans about your relationship with Frances Bean
Look, we get it – you weren’t the greatest Mom in the world. But you are really haunted by the bad blood between you and your daughter, and we want you to talk about it. Get it out. For all the moms and all the daughters that are in the same boat, it feels good to know that we’re not alone. Frances Bean is like ‘everybody’s daughter’; we were there when she was conceived, born, watched Kurt carry her on the red carpet, watched you cradle her in your arms the day he died. More than anything, we want you to have a happily ever after with your daughter.
4. Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Edward Norton
When the names of all the great muses of the twenty-first century music world are discussed, you skyrocket to the top of the list. Over the years, we’ve heard you give sound bytes about rock star penis size, temper tantrums, drug use, and cat fights. We’ve seen you fall off a chair at Madonna’s feet, cringed when you flashed David Letterman, and wanted to give you a big hug and get you off the stage at Pamela Anderson’s MTV Roast. You are what you are, and that is a living, breathing punk rock icon – no matter how crazy, how sloppy you get, we will always want more.
5. Tell us where you think that all of the money really went
In your own words, there is a great “Fraud” against you. There is a long list of corrupt managers, dishonest record corporations, money launderers, frozen assets, bankruptcies, and missing royalties that follow you wherever you go. You have an army of volunteers that help you compile data and keep the search for the ‘Fraud’ alive. Go ahead – rant and rave about it in the pages of your book. There, there. It’s going to all work out.
6. Hint if you will ever make peace with Dave Grohl and Christ Novoselic
In certain circles, the names Yoko Ono and Courtney Love are interchangeable. In Rolling Stone Magazine, Love is quoted as saying “I don’t think the Yoko comparison is fair, I never sat in on rehearsals”.
Your relationship with Grohl and Novoselic, surviving members of Nirvana, has always been tense. At times, it has been downright hostile. Give us some insight into these relationships, and give us an idea if the three of you will ever agree on the financial entanglements left behind after Kurt’s death.
7. Explain why you stopped acting
You were sooooo good in The People vs. Larry Flynt. Why haven’t you made another big budget movie since? Hollywood has knocked at your door several times, but you never seem to answer. Why not? You could totally re-invent yourself as an aging character actress, performing in Downton Abbey-like productions, or one of those new-fangled Netflix sitcoms. Please tell us why you aren’t acting anymore, because we know what a great actress you are.
8. Show off your written expression skills
To all the people who think that you don’t write lyrics and don’t have any talent – pull a Patti Smith and write a book that will prove the critics wrong. Tell it in your own words, and let the editor clean up all the grammatical four-letter word errors. It’s all about the story – and your story needs to be heard.
9. Wax poetic on your inner demons
You are brash, rash, and loud. You are fast and hardcore and unforgiving, blasting the universe with 140-letter stream-of-consciousness writing that antagonizes as much as it shines a light on your agony. Talk, yell, monologue for pages and pages. Let us know what is going on inside that intelligent, messed-up head of yours. We promise we won’t judge, we’ll just read and relate.