Courtney Love

Why Courtney Love Lawyered Up Over Kurt Cobain Doc ‘Soaked in Bleach’

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In the last year or so, Kurt Cobain’s suicide and legacy have been discussed even more than usual. Last April marked the 20th anniversary of his death, while this spring saw the release of Brett Morgen’s well-regarded Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck. Morgen’s doc was notable for its unprecedented access to Cobain’s personal archives, as well as family members including Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain, and his parents. Though the Love-approved Montage of Heck doesn’t always paint Courtney in the most flattering light, it does honor her relationship with Kurt as something deeply loving yet deeply complicated. It also stands in firm opposition to another recently released documentary about Kurt and Courtney, Soaked in Bleach, which Love is now trying to legally prevent from screening by claiming defamation of character.
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‘Montage of Heck’ Destroys All the Myths About Kurt and Courtney — and Replaces Them With Empathy

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The marriage of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has always looked to most people like one of two nightmares: To the adults of Middle America, they were just a tragic junky couple hurtling towards, and ultimately arriving at, disaster. Meanwhile, a substantial portion of Nirvana’s audience saw (and continues to see) Love as the social-climbing harpy who latched on to a delicate genius, plied him with a needle, sealed their union with a heroin-ravaged pregnancy, and then, maybe, had him killed.
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“Woman” Is Not a Genre: Why the New, Female-Led Rock Revolution Is for Everybody

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Every few years, music fans are asked to mourn rock ‘n’ roll’s death. Apparently the genre is in worse condition than Keith Richards himself. The eulogies often bemoan the so-called lack of great rock bands these days — a scenario Forbes described two years ago as amounting to there being “no Led Zeppelin for the current generation of music fans.” But from where I stand, rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well. It just doesn’t look or act like it used to. From Courtney Barnett to Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis to Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield to Torres’ Mackenzie Scott to Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, young singer-songwriters who lead their own rock bands have released, or will soon release, some of the year’s best albums. They all also happen to be …Read More

Courtney Love on Spending Time With Kurt Cobain Through ‘Montage of Heck,’ His Mystery Illness, and Their Sex Tape

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Brett Morgen’s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest music documentaries, and Sunday night the film finally made its New York premiere at the Tribeca Film Fest. With it came Courtney Love. In a candid conversation following the film, Love, Morgen, and Rolling Stone contributing editor Neil Strauss discussed the film’s unprecedented access, unconventional use of mixed media from Cobain’s personal archives, and intimacy… in the form of a long-lost Kurt and Courtney sex tape the couple tried to record …Read More