Y’know, I’m starting to be concerned at my own capriciousness. Today I reversed a 6 year old opinion on Courtney Love after reading one comment in today’s New Musical Express (written by a reader, no less!):
“While [my friends] were as good as accusing [Love] of killing [K.Cobain], I always respected the woman who had enough strength of character to get off drugs and stick around to raise the child they made together. It was more than he ever did, and she could just as easily have gone the same way.” – Lucy Chapman
Now, I have always despised Love. I hated the way she shot her mouth off constantly to get media attention. I hated the publicity stunts. I hated the Goddamn records more than anything!
However, you know who else I can’t stand? Yes, Cobain. Well, not him exactly – more the ‘legend’ that has formed around him since he killed himself. That ‘fans’ can be obsessed by a suicide, and record companies can earn millions off an artist’s death makes me sick.
And this was as far as my thinking had taken me (Nirvana and Hole not exactly being my cultural cup-of-tea, except for the definitive ‘In Utero’ naturally, I never had cause to contemplate matters further) until I read Lucy Chapman’s comment.
Yes, Love is to be admired. She and Cobain had a child together, and while Cobian destroys himself with heroin and self-pity, Love pulls herself together and raises their daughter, amongst homocide accusations, death threats, and her own severe drug problems. Whatever you think of Cobain (and I shan’t post my own controversial opinions directly, though I feel they are quite clear already) it is obvious which of the pair is to be admired and held up as a role model.
Courtney, I salute you! Your strength in the face of such such crap should inspire us all to stop wallowing and start living. I still won’t be buying the new record though…