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ISBN13: 9780865479593
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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.

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 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.

Review:

"Love writes in her introduction: 'I have always said that I would never write a book, and I really haven't.' It's true — 'diaries' is something of a misnomer, as 'scrapbooks' would more accurately describe the collection of old photographs, hand-scrawled song lyrics and other documents that fill these pages. The materials assembled by Stander cover every phase of the rock star's 'wild pirate life,' from a failed childhood audition for The Mickey Mouse Club to an e-mail exchange with Lindsay Lohan about dealing with negative press coverage. (The compilation is so up-to-date it even includes her shocked reactions to the revelations about JT Leroy.) Along the way there are mimeographed flyers for early Hole concerts, a picture of the actual heart-shaped box that inspired Kurt Cobain to write the Nirvana song and photo after photo of Love herself, from candid backstage shots to more polished celebrity portraits. A foreword by Carrie Fisher and an afterword by political activists Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards (Manifesta) each, in their own way, celebrate Love as an unrestrained feminist, but the best way to understand her may be to plunge directly into the raw materials. One thing's for sure: you really have never seen a celebrity memoir like this." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Love still fascinates us...so why does this collection of glossy photographs and occasionally illegible scribblings seem more like promotion for her upcoming album than a real look at what makes her tick? (Grade: C+)" Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

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.

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 Loves 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.

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Courtney Love is the legendary front woman of Hole, whose album Live Through This is considered one of the seminal records of the 1990s.

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prettylagoon, January 19, 2007 (view all comments by prettylagoon)
A book definitely for the already 'settled' fan. If you are a newbie or you wish to be enlightened about Love, this one is not for you. You simply wouldn't understand it. It contains a multitude of photographs-her, Kurt Cobain and daughter Frances. It also contains old emails and scribbled notes, one to and from Lindsey Lohan (edited, I'm sure). The Diaries of Courtney Love seem to signify the beginning of the end of a bad time. A seemigly brilliant new record is on the way and according to Courtney with the aid of Buddhism she is renewing herself and changing the nature of the tides. Lastly, the hardcover and presentation of the book is splendid.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865479593
Subtitle:
The Diaries of Courtney Love
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Editor:
Stander, Ava
Author:
Love, Courtney
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Women rock musicians.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color and Black-and-White Illustrations
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
11 x 8.75 x 0.75 in

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Product details 304 pages Faber & Faber - English 9780865479593 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Love writes in her introduction: 'I have always said that I would never write a book, and I really haven't.' It's true — 'diaries' is something of a misnomer, as 'scrapbooks' would more accurately describe the collection of old photographs, hand-scrawled song lyrics and other documents that fill these pages. The materials assembled by Stander cover every phase of the rock star's 'wild pirate life,' from a failed childhood audition for The Mickey Mouse Club to an e-mail exchange with Lindsay Lohan about dealing with negative press coverage. (The compilation is so up-to-date it even includes her shocked reactions to the revelations about JT Leroy.) Along the way there are mimeographed flyers for early Hole concerts, a picture of the actual heart-shaped box that inspired Kurt Cobain to write the Nirvana song and photo after photo of Love herself, from candid backstage shots to more polished celebrity portraits. A foreword by Carrie Fisher and an afterword by political activists Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards (Manifesta) each, in their own way, celebrate Love as an unrestrained feminist, but the best way to understand her may be to plunge directly into the raw materials. One thing's for sure: you really have never seen a celebrity memoir like this." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Love still fascinates us...so why does this collection of glossy photographs and occasionally illegible scribblings seem more like promotion for her upcoming album than a real look at what makes her tick? (Grade: C+)"
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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 Loves 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.

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