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Courtney Love: The Queen of Noise Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Here is a person (Courtney Love) who for all intents and purposes should have languished in obscurity, but her will to survive and persevering spirit made her one of the 90s most fascinating performers/artists.
That said, I found the trashy yellow journalism writing style of Melissa Rossi to be off-putting. Her major contributor to this entertaining piece of tabloid journalism was a disgruntled ex of Courtney's. Already Ms. Rossi is starting off on the wrong foot. Would have been nice if she had actually sought out other people in Courtney's life to corroborate events and details. And Ms. Rossi's schizoid love/hate association basically mars what could have been an engrossing look into the life and psyche of an amazing person. Sadly, we, the readers, are left with a book the reads like a long poison pen letter with two spurned Love associates as creators.
This is why I gave this book three stars.
Oh, well, at least I could read this book in a couple of hours and not waste a whole day. And 7.99 isn't bad for a book I can donate to the library when I'm done reading it.
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.
but to tell you the truth, I believe Melissa Rossi sugar coated a lot of stuff in this book. Courtney Love is the most manipulative person (if you want to call her a person) on the face of this earth. She tormented everyone she has ever come in contact with. She has only one thing on her mind at all times and that is herself!!
She will go out of her way to stab anyone in the back the second they turn their back, just look at all of the fake stories she planted about her own husband, he was not the druggie she made him look like, quite the oposite, the moment he left the room she started spewing all sorts of filthy lies about him, her own husband who she claimed to love, ha!! This book is too kind, but it did verify a few things. Informative read.