Courtney Love

Born 9 July 1964.

US rock vocalist, widow to Kurt Cobain

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Jools Holland interviews Hole's Courtney Love

Twelve years after putting the band on hiatus, Courtney Love has reformed Hole with new members to release a fourth album, Nobody's Daughter. She joined us in the Later studio to perform some new tracks and chat with Jools. Hole appeared on Later... series 36, episode 4.

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Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison, July 9, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and artist. The daughter of psychotherapist Linda Carroll and writer and ex-Grateful Dead manager Hank Harrison, Love began her career as an actress in her early twenties, landing roles in Alex Cox's cult films Sid and Nancy (1986) and Straight to Hell (1987), and later rose to international prominence as frontwoman of alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Her uninhibited stage presence and confrontational lyrics, combined with publicity surrounding her 1992 marriage to Kurt Cobain, made her a noticeable and controversial figure in the alternative music scene of the 1990s.

Love received critical adulation for Hole's 1991 hardcore punk-influenced debut album, and the band's second release, Live Through This (1994), went certified platinum and received wide critical acclaim. Love returned to film in 1995, and received critical recognition for her performance in MiloŇ° Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, which earned her a Golden Globe Nomination. Following this, Hole's third release, Celebrity Skin (1998), was nominated for three Grammy awards before the band went dormant in 2000. Love continued to occasionally act in films, including roles in Man on the Moon (1999), and Trapped (2002), before releasing a solo album, America's Sweetheart (2004), which met with mostly positive reviews but underwhelming sales. Love re-formed Hole in 2009 with new members, and released the album Nobody's Daughter (2010), which met mixed-positive reviews. In April 2014, Love confirmed that she had been rehearsing new material with Hole's founding lead guitarist Eric Erlandson, as well as former bandmates Melissa Auf der Maur and Patty Schemel, and that a reunion of the band was being planned.

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