Courtney Love to Spill Secrets in Memoir Next Year

Book expected for release in early 2014

Courtney Love performs in Las Vegas.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images
October 21, 2013 2:20 PM ET

It's a big season for controversial musical memoirs. First, Morrissey released his long-awaited Autobiography. Now Courtney Love will release her own book in early 2014 through William Morrow at Harper Collins, a source at the publishing house confirms to Rolling Stone.

Courtney Love on Her Memoir, Tour, Nostalgia

As Consequence of Sound notes, the book's product page recently showed up on Amazon with a release date of mid-December 2013, which the publishers have said is inaccurate. The product description on Amazon says the book explores many juicy subjects: the former Hole singer's battles with drug addiction; her "tragic romance" with Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain; her relationships with Billy Corgan, Trent Reznor and Ed Norton; her "rocky relationship with her hippy parents" and her early days making ends meet as a stripper. It's described as "a riveting story, too crazy not to be true."

That story reportedly begins "in the San Francisco counter-culture, maturing within the world of punk and grunge in the 1980s and 1990s." Though the book is certainly being hyped for its tales of excess and romance, the product description also promises to probe beyond tabloid-bait tidbits, "offering unique insights into the modern rock culture (Love) helped shape, creating an unforgettable portrait of an outspoken, creatively dangerous, undeniably entertaining artist and woman."

Love spoke about the memoir to Rolling Stone back in June, noting the influence of Patti Smith and Russell Brand on the project.

"I'm writing some of it myself and then I'm co-writing it with Anthony Bozza," she said. "Yesterday I did four hours on it, the day before that I did five hours on it. Just covering the bases, but I finally have a map of places that need coverage and I can hop around from starting in 1994 and get to 2008 in two sentences. It's hard for me to be really linear. I'm reading Just Kids again because I know [Patti Smith] wrote that by herself, and My Booky Wook by Russell Brand, which I think is a great book in terms of just his voice. And then I found an old Tallulah Bankhead book where she is very fabulous. So it's a combination of those three books. [Keith Richards'] Life was just so bloody long, I didn't even finish it."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »