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Courtney Love

Courtney Love
Love performing with Hole at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, March 2010.
Personal information
Birth nameCourtney Michelle Harrison
Also known asCourtney Love
BornJuly 9, 1964(age 52)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, grunge, noise rock, punk rock, folk rock
OccupationSinger-songwriter, musician, actress
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, keyboard
Years active1982 present
LabelsSympathy for the Record Industry, Sub Pop, Caroline, DGC / Geffen, City Slang, Universal, Virgin, Mercury
Associated actsHole, Babes in Toyland, Sugar Babydoll, Pagan Babies, Faith No More, Emilie Autumn
Notable instrumentsFender Jazzmaster
Rickenbacker 620
Fender Vista Venus
Rickenbacker 360

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Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison; July 9, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress. Love rose to fame as the lead vocalist, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist for alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989 with guitarist Eric Erlandson; the band went through various line-ups throughout its career.

Love originally started her career as an actress with roles in Alex Cox films, most notably Sid and Nancy (1986), but turned her focus to music and moved to Los Angeles in 1989 where she formed Hole. Originally influenced by noise rock and no wave music, the band went on to release several successful albums in the 1990s, most notably Live Through This (1994) and Celebrity Skin (1998). Love also received massive media attention over her 1992 marriage to Kurt Cobain, before and after his 1994 suicide. She would later gain recognition as an actress for her award-nominated performance in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), and continued to occasionally star in films. Love had a brief solo career, releasing America's Sweetheart (2004), and was the subject of much media attention for various drug and legal issues in the following year. In 2006, Love was sentenced to six months of lock-down rehab and achieved sobriety thereafter. In 2009, Love re-emerged and reformed Hole with new members, releasing a fourth album, Nobody's Daughter (2010).

Throughout her music career, Love's wild stage antics and subversive feminist attitude have polarized audiences and critics, with Rolling Stone once calling her "the most controversial woman in rock history."


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