While definitely being a controversial figure – and being quite divisive in the context of the ’90s grunge/alternative scene – there should be no controversy over Courtney Love’s inclusion in Women-Who-Rocktober. In the aftermath of the suicide of Love’s husband, Kurt Cobain, in 1994, Love found herself accused of being responsible – directly or indirectly – for Cobain’s death, and found herself cast as the grunge generation’s Yoko Ono.
When Love’s band, Hole, reached mainstream success with, Live Through This, in 1994 – undoubtedly owing much to the commercial success of grunge acts such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden – people were wont to to claim that Cobain had written much of the album for Love. Of course, these allegations would conveniently overlook the fact that while Love was the face of Hole, the band was in reality the creative sum of Love and Hole co-founder, Eric Erlandson, with the band being founded in 1989.
Despite the criticism and contempt – often sexist in nature – she found herself on the receiving end of, Love kept on making the music that she wanted, whether it was the abrasive, noise-rock of Hole’s earlier recordings – as on Pretty On The Inside – or the glossy rock of Celebrity Skin and her solo work. All the while Love maintained a ‘fuck-you’, raised middle finger, punk attitude towards anyone that didn’t agree with who she was, or what she was doing.
Love her, or hate her – which seems to be a reaction she has elicited throughout her professional and personal lives – and love or hate her music, but you must admit that Courtney Love has taken some hard-knocks in order to make and bring her music to the audience, and her attitude clearly embodies what it means to be one of the Women-Who-Rocktober.