EXCLUSIVE: Courtney Love's formative years - 'Chaos follows her'

COURTNEY LOVE is the subject of a new book by author and DJ Dave Haslam. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, he revealed how her formative years and a wild few months spent in Liverpool shaped the rest of the life of the soon-to-be-rockstar and wife of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

PUBLISHED: 17:25, Fri, Feb 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:42, Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Courtney Love was born in San Francisco to psychotherapist Linda Carroll and Hank Harrison, the road manager for the Grateful Dead. She had a troubled childhood, her parents divorcing when she was young, moving to Oregon with her mother and being adopted by her then-stepfather Frank Rodriguez. When her mother divorced Rodriguez and remarried, the family relocated to New Zealand before a young Love was sent back to live in Portland, Oregon.

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She also spent a spell in an institution for criminally inclined teens after being caught shoplifting.

At the age of 17, in 1982, the future rocker embarked on a whirlwind trip to Europe with her best friend Robin Barbur.

From Dublin to Liverpool and London to Manchester, the pair chased bands, whiled away hours drinking cider outside record stores and embedded themselves in the music scene.

This period is the focus of Dave Haslam’s new book in his Art Decades series, Searching for Love.


Courtney Love: Kurt Cobain and rocker wifeCourtney Love: Kurt Cobain's rockstar wife is the subject of a new book by Dave Haslam (Image: GETTY)

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In an interview with Express.co.uk, Haslam, who interviewed a number of people close to Love and others who had more strained relationships with her during her time based in Liverpool, revealed how the star’s early years shaped her destiny.

“Years of being ignored as a child may psychologically have meant that she had so much pent up need to talk and say stuff and get stuff off her chest,” he noted. “And the rawness that she exemplified when she was in Hole, you can see where all that comes from.

“I think Liverpool was the place where she learned how to channel that alienation and that upset and turn it into music just by hanging out with musicians, almost by

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