Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love Hardcover – 1 Jun 2007
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
the parts i could read are very interesting though...love courtney!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting Read. Book was bigger than expected so I was happy.book was of a great quality for a used product.Published 14 months ago by shannon Britton
5/5 stars because it came in perfect condition,
such an amazing book to read, so many lovely pictures, thank you!!!!
Exactly what you'd expect, very pretty to look and quality paper, excited for the autobiography next month would reccomend a lookPublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by Lauren Nicholls
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 morePublished on 24 Feb. 2013 by Mette Faerch-Nielsen
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.
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
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 morePublished on 7 July 2010 by Lisa M
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