Dirty Blonde

Author: Love, Courtney
Subtitle: The Diaries of Courtney Love
Publisher: Faber & Faber (2006)
Pages: 304
Binding: Hardcover
Type: Biography
Synopsis: "In These Journals you'll find the young Courtney before she surfaced into our choked fishbowl for all the world to see, to sing along with, and to comment on: Courtney under construction, Courtney self-destructing; taking things too hard-to heart, and on the chin. Courtney trying to make sense of things, succeeding, failing. Courtney, the wild child, wise beyond anyone's years, a precocious kid. Courtney with her rampant empathy-a person without insulation...But she's always used her writing and her music to make sense of it; first in these journal entries and early wise child lyrics from the age of fourteen, then with music: her band Hole, from their amazing landmark album Pretty on the Inside, to their critically acclaimed Live Through This,...and then Hole's Celebrity Skin, along with Courtney's solo album, America's Sweetheart, and finally the newest (and perhaps most remarkable) album, How Dirty Girls Get Clean ... So these journals are a glimpse into the unhip, unobserved (until now) Courtney Love. After all is said and done-whenever that is-she is a survivor. Unfortunately, the only thing wrong with being a survivor is you have to keep getting in trouble to show off your gift." Book jacket.

A multi-textual memoir chronicling the life of one of our most potent pop icons Groundbreaking rock musician. Award-winning actress. Perceptive songwriter and author. Mother. Wife of a rock god. Fashionista and trendsetter. Provocateur. In each and every one of these roles Courtney Love has demonstrated a wholehearted commitment to her art, and an intense drive and a lust for life that have made her a star and a celebrity iconbut have also led her into some unwise, uncharted, and even dangerous territory. Simultaneously candid and enigmatic, Love has a mordant wit and vivid intelligence matched in intensity only by the extraordinary life she has led, from a bleak early childhood through great fame and terrible heartbreak to the present day. By turns exhilarating and unsettling, this is a story told for the first time in Dirty Blonde. Composed of an astonishing and eclectic collection of deeply personal artifacts including personal letters, childhood records, poetry, diary entries, song lyrics, fanzines, show flyers, other original writings, and never-before-seen photographs, Dirty Blonde leads us through the unimaginable highs and the despairing lows of one of the most compelling and creative figures in the world of popular culture. Through these diaries we see Love's accomplishments, her mistakes, her history, and her bright future in a whole new light. From her upbringing in Oregon through her years living in Japan, New Zealand, and London, from her career highs with Hole and as a Hollywood leading lady to her personal heartbreak and struggle, Dirty Blonde is Love laid barea wholly fascinating portrait of a fierce and insightful woman with an unblinking worldview and a determination to express herself no matter the cost.
Notes: Pan Macmillan (Picador), London, hc, 2006

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