Posts Tagged ‘Courtney Love’

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The remarkable journey of George Takei to pop-cultural icon is the subject of Jennifer M. Kroot’s documentary film, To Be Takei, which just debuted at the Sundance film festival.

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So with Courtney Love in the UK playing live shows this week, I couldn’t help but keep track of some of the fan reaction (and video and photo shares) of the London dates, having myself been a ticketless pauper at this point. The fans were, it’s fair to say, going gaga, and what I’ve seen of the first show – along with The Guardian and Telegraph reviews – looks great.

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With Courtney Love currently rocking out venues in the UK this week and with the double A-side single Wedding Day/You Know My Name doing the rounds, thoughts naturally turn somewhat towards Courtney Love as a solo artist (as opposed to fronting Hole), particularly with this being the approximate tenth anniversary of her sole solo album to date, 2004’s America’s Sweetheart.

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This April marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Hole’s second album, the seminal Live Through This. Without doubt one of the finest albums of its time, and in my opinion the album of 1994 – which is no mean feat, given the quality of the competition at that time and the standard of albums being released.
It remains one of my top three to five favorite albums of all time and in the 20 years since its release it has lost none of its potency.

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Along with the twentieth anniversary of Live Through This, a few weeks ago was also the twentieth anniversary since the release of the classic Hole single Miss World and its accompanying music video; a single so good and a video so superb, and also a song so precious to me, that I thought it was worth marking in a completely separate post.

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“This is not pop music,” REM’s Michael Stipe says, as the beloved frontman inducts his friend Kurt Cobain’s unmatched band Nirvana into the Hall of Fame. “This is something much greater than that.” Leave it to Michael Stipe to sum it up perfectly. Krist Novoselic thanks all the Nirvana fans. Buzz Osbourne and Chad Channing both get a shout-out. Punk rock veterans Joan Jett and Kim Gordon come to the party. And no one cares about Kiss or Peter Gabriel.
So five days after the 20th anniversary of the day Kurt Cobain departed, here we are now; Nirvana have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, in an event everyone was talking about but hardly anyone was able to actually see.

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As much as I have mixed feelings about Nirvana’s imminent induction into the Hall of Fame, it feeling like a highly unpunk state of affairs, I have to confess to being as curious as everyone else about whether the band will perform at the ceremony on April 10th; and if they do, who will be taking vocal duties. Speculation is rampant on-line, of course; I’m surprised someone isn’t running a betting pool.

It’s actually worth noting at this point that Nirvana haven’t been confirmed to be performing; however, a now-famous Krist Novoselic tweet seems to strongly suggest so. If it happens, it will be the first ‘Nirvana’ performance of actual Nirvana material for twenty years. Rolling Stone reported a few days ago that former REM frontman Michael Stipe would be inducting Nirvana at the ceremony. (more…)

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On 5th April it will be precisely 20 years since Kurt Cobain died. Aside from making me feel like I’m awake a few years passed my bedtime, it also prompts me to look back at that sensitive point in time, remembering what it was like, while also looking at Cobain’s legacy across the two decades that have unbelievably now elapsed.
This is a fan-centric post by someone who’s never quite gotten over that body being found in that bleak garage in Seattle…

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One of the great rock photographers of a generation, Steve Gullick, has produced a priceless photo journal capturing his time with some of the greatest bands and musical personages of one of music’s most fertile, legendary eras. (more…)