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Courtney Love: The Queen of Noise Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671000381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671000387
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melissa Rossi is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Newsday, The New York Observer, and Spin. She is the coauthor of Freak Like Me, the autobiography of circus performer Jim Rose, and, as Babs Babylon, she wrote the popular nightlife column, "In the Dark," for the Seattle Weekly.

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Customer Reviews

She has a wonderful talent and this book just lets you get to know her better.
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This book is full of information that is essential to understanding one of the most intriguing and beautiful chick-rockstars found in Courtney Love.
"psykogna11"
Oh, well, at least I could read this book in a couple of hours and not waste a whole day.
Sian Stargazer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "peer_amidst_the_pyramids" on September 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The author claims to have respect for Courtney's achievements, but every page of this book drips with scorn. At one point she wastes an entire page reviewing Ms. Love's appearance in a derogatory manner, only to report on Ms. Love's plastic surgery later in the book with even more scorn. Lady, make up your mind.
At the beginning of the book she reports on her one-time co-author's scheming to make money off of Courtney's private thoughts, and then later describes said co-author's relationship with Courtney purely from his point of view, despite the fact that he is willing to say or do anything for the sake of publicity.
The good parts: Nothing, really. Read the book by Poppy Z. Brite, if you want good.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on July 26, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unfourtunately, you'd be wrong. From all accounts, Courtney Love's life is one of melodrama- from her unconvetional childhood among hippies, a shocking upbring, stories of drug usage, groupiedom, and Courtney Love's phenomenal band Hole, to her controvericial (yet, regardless of what this book will have you believe, not at all loveless) marrige to rocker legend Kurt Cobain, to the birth of child Frances Bean Cobain, to her continues transformation a self proclaimed rock star...
Clearly there is a lot of material for a biography of Courtney Love- a story such as hers is both engaging and deeply moving, when told from an unbiased source. But the author of this trashy work of non fiction decides to completely dehumanize Love, destorying the notion of love in Courtney Love's life, choosing instead to focus on persona rather than actual life experiances. Reading this, one would believe that Courtney and everyone she knew was a psychopath. It seems that in this book, being a psychopath is cause for glorification!
This book needs to be more personal. It needs to focus on the good as well as the bad. And it needs to be put off the market. Please don't buy this book. Buy: Courtney Love: The Real Story. It's a much better read and gives you a much better look into duch a painful life.
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By halo8@netcom.ca on August 29, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was practically painful to read. I was looking forward to it, being a big fan of Courtney Love's. Having heard about it on the internet through the Hole mailing list Hole Lotta Love and the newsgroup alt.fan.courtney-love, I enthusiastically plonked down my $7.99 at Toronto's World's Biggest Bookstore. What a mistake, when I realize now I could have bought some nail polish, new shoe laces and a frappucino for that much. Rossi's main source for info seems to be some obscure ex-boyfriend of Courtney's. Yeah, now *there's* a reliable and honest perspective. I'm not sure whether Rossi is a Love champion or not...she seems to admire her but examines all the awful things she's allegedly done. Love's life is a compelling story; I'm looking forward to the Poppy Z. Brite biography even more after reading this crap. Better writing would certainly have raised this above 7-11 cheesy rock bio. Unfortunately, that's where I feel Rossi's work should remain. She even gets simple facts such as significant dates wrong. I was thoroughly disappointed...I feel Love deserves so much better than this garbage. I'm not defending her as a person; I don't know if she's stolen or lied or what. I just really didn't enjoy this book. A friend of mine in Seattle that I lent this to (in order to save her money) says she couldn't even read it. .."I just looked at the pictures"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ~Ariel~ on November 24, 2005
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I read this biography first and then "Courtney Love: The Real Story" by Poppy Z. Brite, Courtney Love: The Real Story. Both definitely have their flaws and strong points. Each contributes different facts and stories, so if you read both you get a pretty complete picture of Courtney Love's life.

ROSSI:

This biography gives much more detail and depth into Courtney's life. The writing style is a bit haphazard and choppy, but is still understandable and more interesting than Brite's. The one main fault against Melissa Rossi is that she doesn't cite any of her sources which leads you to wonder where she got her information. She does admit that she never interviewed Courtney and this was "unauthorized."

BRITE:

A little easier to follow, but kind of feels like an overview. I wish she would have gone into more depth on some issues. Also Poppy Brite desperately needs an EDITOR! The mistakes don't really affect the story, but they certainly don't give the reader much faith in her abilities. Lots of color pictures and an extensive bibliography.

Neither book is really above the other and both books are entertaining reads for a cheap price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yanipoo on February 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
11am one morning long ago I sat on a couch with this book and didn't stop until I was on the last page. As I closed the cover, I launched the paperback (says something when it comes out in paperback only) across the room. It was a definate mixture of too much CL energy and an anger that I wasted this much time on a Saturday.
Obviously this book has its attraction, (which was the idea you were learning about one of the most enigmatic women of the last decade) that kept me reading it. But this impulse has little to do with Melissa Rossi and her writing, and the ex boyfriend from hell imformant. Of all the people in the world to attain accurate information on anybody; spurned, jealous, and loser exes are probably not a very reliable sources.
The book oscillated from adoration of CL ; as if we were privy to a telephone conversation of the author trying to weedle her way back into being in contact with CL, an apologetic phone call to an angry friend, to angry recriminations from a friend ignored. There were moments which underneath the accusations of CL giving Kurt heroin and generally treating people in an disrespectful way that screamed "how dare you chuck me as a friend, and since you did, I will tell the world all your secrets, and if some of them weren't true, I will propogate it anyway, because hey, that is what I heard." Not pleasant to be part of such drama.
I have to admit the bits about CL's childhood and teenage years seemed quite objective, and sympathetic, from what I could gather was written when Rossi was still friends with CL. The rest of the book falls short.
I would suggest you borrow it from the library, because it is not worth the $ and you won't want to keep it. However, if you are a CL fan, I guess it is worth dipping into.
And last but not least Chiang Kai Shek Airport is definately not in Hong Kong. The airport in HK at the time was called Kai Tak.
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