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

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The bestselling author of "Encyclopedia an Ordinary Life" returns with a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human. Hardcover | Kindle book
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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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671000381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671000387
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Finally a book that tells the horrific truth about Ms. Love. I believe every word
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.
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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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Mostly okay until Melissa decided to "tow the line" and took a detour away from the real hard cold truth. Two stars for revealing certain truths, but not any higher for refusing to tell the truth elsewhere.
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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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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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I'm a long-time fan who had the good fortune to get her hands on this little bio shortly after it came out (1996). The '90s still had some good on the music scene before everything had to go in the direction of the electronically enhanced horribly untalented female sellouts. Courtney Love is a smokin' pistol with guns-a'blazin'....that makes Annie Oakley look like Little Orphan Annie!! I like her for the same reason I like groups like Pearl Jam...their music drips with the essence of a collective group that has not been taken over by the corporate money machine...authentic, real, and full of soul. In the band Hole's case, it's more anger and angst, and at times sorrow and grief.
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.
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