Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love

 

From Goodreads: 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 icon—but 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.

58871Composed 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 bare—a wholly fascinating portrait of a fierce and insightful woman with an unblinking worldview and a determination to express herself no matter the cost.


My Review:

Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love is a book written by Courtney Love who beyond author, is also a singer and actress.

First I’ll start by saying that if you don’t like Courtney Love, then don’t read this book. It’s for fans or for people that want to understand and know more about her. I’ve been a fan since my teen years and personally love the book. It’s a scrapbook like mess and that’s why I love it.

From childhood and beyond it’s full of color photographs, letters, school reports, diary entries, and other documents including her own artwork.

The absolute only thing I would change is some of the entries which are very difficult to read, but then they would have to be modified from originals.

Regardless, for me, it’s a keeper…

4-stars


Courtney Love:

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Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison) is an American rock musician and Golden Globe-nominated actress. Love is best known as lead singer, songwriter and lyricist for the now-defunct alternative rock band Hole and for her two-year marriage to late Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain. Rolling Stone has called Love “the most controversial woman in the history of rock”.

Courtney Love with her band Hole

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