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Courtney Love: The Queen of Noise Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996
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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.
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.
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.
Her early life was not an easy one (as is the case with most celebrities whose lives are dotted with scandal or intrigue) as her mother was such a piece of work, serial monogamist and everything...at one point the author refers to her with six or seven last names. A life of being shifted from pillar to post....Courtney worked at strip clubs, hung out in the underground music scene kind of attaching herself to the well-known musicians like remoras on a shark, almost (being kind of colorful here) one of where she met her ex, Rozz, and later Kurt Cobain. Courtney is someone who understood early on that life is full of uncertainty, especially in the music scene, where its Darwinian in nature, the strong will overpower the meek.
Kurt, her better half, was a talented musician that enjoyed success, but you got the impression he was just crushed (at least in spirit) by the music industry's corporate titans; as he was a gentle soul, who saw music as the voice of his inner angst and emotions, not a money machine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like this one, most of the books on Love are bulls***. Courtney herself gave her journals to Poppy Z. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeffrey Marx
Courtney Love: Queen of Noise is a very entertaining read. It documents the ups and downs of one of the most enigmatic and controversial rock musicians in the world, the... Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by Sian Stargazer
Pretty interesting reading the reviews. I was there at the time this was written. Rozz told his story to Melissa, in thoughts of co-writing the book. Read morePublished on November 28, 2005 by Rocky
OK, so this "most" unauthorized bio on Mrs. Love-Cobain, falls under the "mediocre" category. For several reasons,the first being that author Melissa Rossi cannot write. Read morePublished on March 12, 2005 by N. Anzola
this book is fantastic. whenever i put it down, it was by force. melissa rossi did a great job writing it, telling itlike it is, showing the good and bad sides of everything, and... Read morePublished on August 21, 2004 by un lovely
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... Read morePublished on July 26, 2003 by Sarah
i wasn't able to put this book down, reading it into the wee hours with one eye closed. what i loved best was the author's witty, observant and often hilarious way of telling this... Read morePublished on July 10, 2003 by meitreya