Courtney Love

Courtney Love

Love is the lead vocalist, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist for alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989, and is an actress who acclaimed roles in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and Man on the Moon (1999).

In the early 1990s, she also became known for popularising the fashion style “kinderwhore”, characterized by torn babydoll dresses and smeared red lipstick.

Throughout her career, Love’s wild stage antics and subversive feminist attitude have polarized audiences and critics, with Rolling Stone once calling her “the most controversial woman in the history of rock.”

Her first musical project was in the early 1980s with an on-and-off band called Sugar Babydoll, and then she had a brief stint as lead singer of Faith No More. She started her career as an actress with minor roles in Alex Cox films, most notably Sid and Nancy (1986), but turned her focus to music and moved to Los Angeles in 1989 where she formed Hole with guitarist Eric Erlandson.

Originally influenced by noise rock and no wave music, the band went on to release several successful albums, most notably Live Through This (1994) and Celebrity Skin (1998). Love received intense media attention over her 1992 marriage to Kurt Cobain with whom she has a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.

Love had a brief solo career, releasing America’s Sweetheart (2004) and in 2009, Love reformed Hole with new members, releasing a fourth album, Nobody’s Daughter (2010).


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