April 6th, 2014

Lots of great stuff in the U.K. Telegraph's interview with Courtney Love:

  • She complains she has already been in trouble this week for implying there would be a reunion of the classic line-up of her original band Hole next year. “We may have made out but there is no talk of marriage,” she says of tentative meetings with former band mates. “It’s very frail, nothing might happen, and now the band are all flipping out with me.”
  • Yet Love has come under criticism from some quarters after revealing that she is developing a Broadway musical about Cobain, not a genre most fans would associate with his punk sensibility. “It’s more a play, conceived by a brilliant team. I can’t name names, but when you hear who is possibly involved, it takes on a new dimension. Otherwise it’s Vegas rubbish, and I will never allow it. There will be no jazz hands on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’!
  • When her late husband’s seminal grunge band are inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York, on Thursday, April 10th, mother and daughter will collect the award on Cobain’s behalf, alongside surviving band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoslevic. “I wasn’t in Nirvana, but it’s what widows and kids do. And it does give me ownership of the mythology, rather than just handing over to Krist and Dave their ownership.”
  • Love believes, and she may well be right, that because of her outspoken and often inflammatory public persona, that the music she creates has to be bold, fearless and of the highest possible standard, or she will be ripped to shreds by critics. “I can’t just do a really good rock record and that’s the end of it. I can’t be Nickelback. And not to be a bitch, I can’t be the Foo Fighters.
  • She recently rejected her own ghostwritten autobiography, sending it back to Harper Collins because, she says, “It’s like me jacked on coffee and sugar in a really bad mood. I said keep your bloody money. I’d rather keep my friends.”
  • In a way, it’s a disservice to Love to constantly contextualise her with Nirvana, and the soap opera of her life as a rock widow. “It was twenty years ago,” she says, thoughtfully. “I’ve had great loves since Kurt. I probably should have married again. But I couldn’t put my tiara and my little slip dress in a box and go and be Mrs. Somebody who used to be Courtney Love.

March 7th, 2014

Kickstarter video for The Smart Studios Story, a documentary about the legendary Madison, Wisconsin, recording studio cofounded by Butch Vig. The trailer features interviews with Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, Donita Sparks, Shirley Manson and many more. (Kickstarter page here; H/T RollingStone.com)

February 13th, 2014
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