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Courtney Love Rejects Yoko Ono Comparisons

"I don’t think the Yoko comparison is fair, I never sat in on rehearsals," rocker says in new interview

Courtney Love
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April 6, 2014 12:34 PM ET

Courtney Love does not enjoy being compared to Yoko Ono. As the world marks the 20th anniversary of her late husband Kurt Cobain's death and Nirvana prepares for its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Love opened up about her relation to Cobain's legacy as well as her own recent endeavors in an interview with the U.K.'s Telegraph.

Nirvana's Road to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Love knows that many Nirvana fans view her as an interloper in the way that Beatles fans regarded John Lennon's wife, but she doesn't think the comparison is fair. "I never sat in on rehearsals," she protested. She acknowledges that Cobain might not have seen the likeness as an insult, however, since he appreciated Ono as an artist in her own right. "Kurt thought Yoko was cool. He was an early adopter," she said. "He gave me a Yoko Ono box set when I was pregnant. Which I threw at his head. I wasn’t really a fan." 

One recent point of contention among Nirvana die-hards has been Love's involvement in a Broadway musical about Cobain, but Love insists that the concept isn't as antithetical to her late husband as it sounds. "It’s more a play, conceived by a brilliant team," she said. "I can’t name names, but when you hear who is possibly involved, it takes on a new dimension. Otherwise it’s Vegas rubbish, and I will never allow it. There will be no jazz hands on 'Smells Like Teen Spirit!'"

Love addressed a few other thorny parts of her life, including her ghostwritten autobiography, which she ended up rejecting and sending back to publisher Harper Collins. "It’s like me jacked on coffee and sugar in a really bad mood," she explained. "I said keep your bloody money. I’d rather keep my friends."

Earlier this week, Love got Hole fans excited by indicating that her band's Celebrity Skin lineup is reuniting. She now admits that the news may have been premature, and might have actually harmed the reunion's chances. "We may have made out but there is no talk of marriage," she said. "It’s very frail, nothing might happen, and now the band are all flipping out with me."

When Nirvana is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th, Love and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain will be there to receive the honor on Kurt Cobain's behalf. "I wasn’t in Nirvana, but it’s what widows and kids do," she said, before offering a characteristically caustic addendum. "And it does give me ownership of the mythology, rather than just handing over to Krist and Dave their ownership."

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