Courtney Comes Clean is Shockingly Revealing
“Where the f_ _ _ is everybody?” is a startling beginning to a newly released e-book recounting a series of interviews and interactions between Courtney Love and Fix’s editor-in-chief, Maer Roshan. The e-book is titled, Courtney Comes Clean the High Life and Dark Depths of Music’s Most Controversial Icon (Sterling, 2012).
The most surprising secret exposed by the book is how complex Love’s personality is and how that complexity has at times lifted her up and has also brought her down. Roshan discusses Love’s addictions in depth as expected. Other surprising aspects of the book include how Love uses communications tools such as texting and e-mailing as weapons, how often she has been able to re-create herself and her image, and how the author describes her as “one of the smartest people I have ever encountered, hyper-ambitious, and multitalented, at once blessed and cursed with a speeding mind and uncensored mouth.”
Roshan writes that at times he thought Love to be a genius and other times insane. The reader is exposed to some of Love’s childhood, some of her time with her infamous husband Kurt Cobain and what happened before and after he overdosed on heroin and the tattered shred of a relationship she has with her and Cobain’s daughter.
Love discusses other celebrities and their addictions as well as her own battle with drugs. She believes she is a drug addict but not an alcoholic, telling Roshan that she has never finished a beer in her life. She has used cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, been in and out of rehab and twelve step programs since her teenage years. Before that, her mother reportedly gave her Valium at age seven to control her behavior.
The section on Kurt and Courtney is highly interesting. She believed at one point in their relationship that they “were both castoffs who found solace in each other.”
The interview took place over an eight month time frame. The author asks many questions that will probably never be asked by a broadcast reporter which provides a more detailed view of Love and her troubled life. In the end, Roshan describes Love as a “run-of-the-mill addict” and “a woman whose impulsive instincts have caused her a tsunami of trouble.”
The e-book is a page turner easily read in one or two sittings and for the low cost of the book; I’d recommend it to those with even the slightest interest in knowing more about Courtney Love.