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Courtney Love; The Real Story: Brite, Poppy Z.

Courtney Love; The Real Story

Brite, Poppy Z.

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ISBN 10: 0684845067 / ISBN 13: 9780684845067
Published by Simon and Schuster, New York, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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hardcover. INSCRIBED and signed by the author on the title page. A fine tight copy in a fine dust jacket which is now covered in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 1388

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Title: Courtney Love; The Real Story

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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An intimate look into the life of rock singer Courtney Love examines her early life, time in reform school, travels around the world, work as a stripper in Asia, marriage and the death of her husband Kurt Cobain, the birth of her daughter, and her performing career. 150,000 first printing.


Poppy Z. Brite, better known for her punk-gothic horror and dreadful taste in clothing (the jacket photo shows her looking like a reject from a 1985 audition for a Cure video) here gets her hands on something much scarier than club-hopping vampires: the life of Courtney Love. Born Love Michelle Harrison, Courtney's childhood combines the worst of doped-up hippie parenting with her innate autism to produce a life that could only lead to rock-and-roll stardom. Starting with her first acid trip at age 4, administered by her father, a paragon of parental responsibility, Courtney went on to four name changes, two years in juvenile detention, a trip to Japan courtesy of a white slave ring, living with gloom rockers in Liverpool, and a melange of drugs and sexual experiments all prior to leaving her teens. This makes for quite the page-turner--in a guilty sort of way and in spite of Poppy Z.'s occasionally cutesy-teen prose: "Courtney Love has always been surrounded by chaos, triumph, pain, and glamour." Still, in spite of the taboo of reading celebrity bios, this one stands out because of the truly odd and, perhaps, innovative life of its subject. Not simply a rock-and-roll musical bedrooms romp, Love's life is far enough out of the mainstream, or even the alternate streams, to offer challenges to many of the values we take for granted in living our lives. Things such as safety, stability, and even hygiene are thrown out the window in a life that reads like the outsider fiction of Hesse or Kerouac, only with more electric guitars.

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