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Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love [Hardcover]

Courtney Love
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1 Jun 2007

Groundbreaking rock musician. Award winning actress. Perceptive songwriter and author. Mother. Wife of a rock god. Fashionista and trendsetter. Provocateur. In each and every one of these roles Courtney Love has demonstrated a wholehearted commitment to her art, and an intense drive and a lust for life which has made her a star and a celebrity icon but has also led her into some unwise, uncharted and even dangerous territory. Simultaneously candid and enigmatic, her mordant wit and vivid intelligence have been matched in intensity only by the extraordinary life she has led, from a bleak early childhood through great fame and terrible heartbreak to the present day. At times exhilarating and at times unsettling, this is a story told for the first time in Dirty Blonde. Here are the unimaginable highs and the despairing lows of one of the most compelling and creative figures in the world of popular culture: a fierce and insightful woman with an unblinking world view and a determination to express herself no matter the cost.

‘Illuminating . . . A raw and intimate self-portrait of Love’ Mirror

‘Extraordinary and fascinating’ Harper’s Bazaar

Dirty Blonde is like Love herself and her other work: determinedly provocative, captivatingly visual, aggressively honest’ Observer

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 3rd edition (1 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330445464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330445467
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A striking, occasionally beautiful record of 42 years lived at
full tilt' -- Observer

'Courtney's compelling memoir.' -- Elle

'Dirty Blonde is like Love herself and her other work:
determinedly provocative, captivatingly visual, aggressively honest.' -- Observer

'Peter Docherty's [diaries]... will have to go a long way to beat
these.' -- GQ

'The distinctive and hilarious artefact that its subject's
troubled yet spectacular life would seem to demand.'
-- Independent on Sunday

'This is a raw and intimate self-portrait of Love, both pre and
post Kurt Cobain' -- Mirror

'there is unmeditated confession that is all the more welcome for
coming without apology' -- Daily Telegraph

`an extraordinary and fascinating scrapbook-style riffle through
the life of the singer, actress and former wife of Kurt Cobain.' -- Harpers Bazaar

About the Author

Courtney Love lives in the USA.

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtney Love - talented rock goddess 1 Nov 2006
I received this book by mail this morning and it's been such a great day! The book looks fantastic and expensive (but it didn't cost that much!) and is PACKED with fabulous pictures, notes, lyrics, letters and everything you could wish for as a fan of Courtney Love. As you can expect some parts of the journals were extremely sad, but if you're looking for details on Kurt Cobain's death, and Courtney's mourning and breaking into little pieces you will be disappointed. Actually if you're looking for any tabloid stuff you'll be disapponited. Reading this we find images of dignity, talent, hard work, loving mother and beauty, something the media rarely give Courtney credit for. It feels authentic and real, I enjoy(ed) every word of it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars title 12 Jan 2007
This book is worth a read if you're a big fan of Courtney, but I felt it was a bit substance-less, especially after all the raving reviews I've heard from people. Maybe I'm missing something here. The first half of the book from Courtneys days before fame is pretty interesting. On one level it's predictable, the school reports are telling. On another level it's quite warming to see the kind of scribbles a lot of us wrote as teens. However, the further we get into the book the more filled it becomes with pictures 'taped in', rather than writing, which was a let-down for me. You can google 'Courtney Love' and find the same pictures floating about - I was looking for writings and expression. Reading a diary, I was expecting more expression and/or emotion. As I say, this all tails off by the end - perhaps that in itself is telling of Courtney.

To summarise, if you are a big fan of Courtney you will find large parts of this interesting, and it's a plus that it is a beautifully presented book, but ultimately it leaves you wanting more than what you got. However if you're not especially a fan of her and are expecting to get an interesting read this is probably not worth your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars i cant read the writing 10 Aug 2010
By M. Ruta
dont know what to say about this book really...i can only read parts of it...given that i do not believe for a minute that that is her hand writing printed on the book why couldnt they use a Font that was easy enough to read?

the parts i could read are very interesting courtney!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good looking book! 12 Feb 2007
This is a great book, beautifully laid out and really unique. The pages are designed to look like a scrap book and you really feel like you are grtting an insight into Courtney's private thoughts and crazy mind!

The stuff from her early years, including school reports is really interesting and insightful and she writes well beyond her years. On one of my favourite pages (pg. 23)is something she wrote about death and is really moving especially when you realise she was so young to have such deep thoughts. She writes that "when i die, burn my body, take my ashes... let some linger in the breeze... leaving only all the love my heart has carried"

Also there are some really great, quirky photographs of her and Kurt. They make you feel like your looking in on private moments, especially of those with their daughter as a baby.

I agree with other reviewers who say this book lacks substance, if you are looking for a book with 'all the answers' then you will not find it here but for me and for anyone else intrigued by this fascinating woman then this book is excellent and the quirky pages will keep you mesmerized for hours.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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As a huge fan of Love's since the early 90's i was both excited at the prospect of a visual scrapbook type affair and perhaps the sneak peak of a few pictures we hadn't already seen.

Sadly all i found in this book was mostly illegible scrawlings - a tiny handful of real diary entries and mostly random half finished poems, statements, messy lyrics. Nothing too gripping. Infact personally the only interesing insight i found in this book was the collection of all the early hole posters Love created and some of the few real diary entries from around this time at very start of her music career.

Also all the factual scans of her school reports amongst other things were nothing already pre-published in the Poppy Z Brite biography.

Love shows very little of her true self in this book - also something i can't quite put my finger on, and this leaves you feeling disappointed. I can completely understand wanting to retain some privacy, but this books serves up nothing you didn't already know, hardcore fan or not. And thats if you can spend enough time squinting to make out what her scribbles actually say.

Overall, nice pictures, nice to flick through. But it has unltimately ended up on my shelf gathering dust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!! 3 April 2014
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5/5 stars because it came in perfect condition,
such an amazing book to read, so many lovely pictures, thank you!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee table book 28 Nov 2013
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Exactly what you'd expect, very pretty to look and quality paper, excited for the autobiography next month would reccomend a look
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3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more 5 April 2013
By EmC246
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I'm a big Courtney Love fan so I really wanted this book but I expected more, a lot it is random things and I thought it would have more written parts from Courtney in it, there are some cool pictures and scrap notes, and it's a good item if you're a big fan of hers though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
If you are into the whole mystery surrounding Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, this is an absolute must-have! I was really impressed by the book... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mette Faerch-Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtney Love is amazing
This diary was very inspiring for me. The book is bigger than I expect and also is a well designed.
I think Courtney Love is amazing person.
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by Mima
1.0 out of 5 stars Why to purchase this book?
Why? For her B-side.
For all the rest, a chaos of hastily put togheter mess in the effort to match the sales of Cobain's Journals. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by Brittany
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
this book is a collection of mostly incoherant rubbish scrawled across nicely presented pages . also i question the authenicity of a "diary" written by a fame hungry hasbeen who... Read more
Published on 7 July 2010 by Lisa M
3.0 out of 5 stars Punk Legend
This book has a fantastic sexy cover. And to be honest it sums up her character and that one picture says it all.
But the content does not do her justice. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2009 by Arthur Daley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sexiest Pop Star Of All-Time
Courtney Love is the former wife of rock star Kurt Cobain...she is also the sexiest pop star ever.
More erotic than Debbie Harry and dirtier than Madonna. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2009 by Mr. G. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tribute TO A Star
Courtney Love has a bottom that most women would die for. This book tells us everything we all want to know about Ms Love...she is a real rock star. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2007 by The Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtney Loved It
Brilliant biog of rock goddess Courtney Love. Ms Love is brilliant as lead singer with Hole , was fantastic as a sexy stripper and single mum in the movie JULIE JOHNSON , and will... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2007 by Steve Allen
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