WOMEN WHO ROCK – Unit 4 Notes Alternative COURTNEY LOVE – “Queen of Grunge” American loved to hate. born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco 1965. Most controversial woman in history of Rock and most polarizing woman in 90s rock. “Militant Feminist”, outspoken and intelligent. Grew up in Oregon, parents divorced, lived with mom in commune. Mom progressive attitude in gender- free house, shunned girls clothes and toys. Rebel in reform schools and therapists. Trust from grandparents helped her live on her own. 1 st trio “Sugar Babylon” played no music but did one photoshoot. Formed “Sugar Baby Doll” while in Portland. Then “Pagan Babies”. Moved from Portland to San Francisco then Minneapolis where joined “Babes in Toyland” Played Nancy in Sid and Nancy film and leading role in “Straight to Hell” 1989 – moves to Los Angeles. Teaches self guitar and works as stripper. Puts ad in local paper for musicians. New Band “Hole”. Punk, sings lead and rhythm guitar. 3 months of rehearsal play 1 st show. 1990 - Release 1 st single “Retard Girl” 1991 – album “Pretty on the Inside”, hardcore. Risqu é baby doll stage look “ Riot Grrrls ” “Kinderwhore” 1992 – marries Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, pregnancy puts hold on HOLE, heroin while pregnant, temporarily lose custody of daughter, Frances Bean born in perfect health 1993 – releases single “Beautiful Son” in Europe 1994 – album “Live Through This”, released 4 days after Cobain commits suicide. Hole’s bass player dies of overdose. Only reaches #52 on charts, platinum seller, 2 more albums, Rumor Cobain helped with album and she didn’t have talent without him. 1995 – fight during Lalapalooza tour, lawsuits, one year suspended sentence “Doll Parts ” song, 6 th single, signature track, popular song Films “Feeling Minnesota”, “Man On the Moon” and “The People vs. Larry Flint” which she lost 40 lbs for the role. Rough to look at say critics so she has makeover, became big celebrity even tho never hit record. Magazine covers and tv talk shows. Jumped on Letterman’s desk and lifted her skirt to see her butt. Riot Grrrls not happy with her change called her “Girly Love” 1998 – album “Celebrity Skin”, reaches top 10 and tours
Punches journalist at fashion show and drops dress during video shoot. Lawsuits with Universal or rights.
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