Courtney Love’s 12 Best Behind the Music Quotes


For those of us who are actually rooting for Courtney Love, tonight’s Behind the Music was an ordeal (yes, we teared up) but also a vindication. We heard people who know for sure confirm that Kurt didn’t write Live Through This, learned the true extent of her childhood family problems, and, most importantly, saw present-day Love talking coherently and insightfully about her life. She was smart, sincere, and even, at times, funny. Of course, haters are already hating, but those of us who have actually been paying attention know that this is the most promising Courtney we’ve seen in the 21st century. Our 12 favorite C-Love quotes are after the jump.

On the requirements for being a rock star: “You’ve gotta be able to play topless and feel like a fuckin’ Amazon.”

“I can’t remember not wanting to be famous. All I could see was, I would be famous and everything would be fair.”

“I had found The Runaways and I had seen Foxes, and I decided I was just gonna become a juvie, like Cherie Currie.”

“I wanted to have an all-female band that took over the world.”

“My goal for Hole was stupid. This band is gonna be ten times bigger than Sonic Youth, but not bigger than Jane’s Addiction.”

“I just wanted to go see Billy [Corgan] and, you know, fuck him.”

“I didn’t ask to be hated; I just don’t mind being a bitch.”

“For people considering suicide, it is bullshit. Endure the moment.”

“People in 1998 wanted me to make a widow record. I’ll be damned if that was what I was going to do.”

On cocaine: “I’ve tried every drug there is, and that’s one of the gnarliest ones. And you’re completely psychotic.”

“You want to live the dream? You do what you want on your terms.”

“Given what I’ve been through? I’d rather fuckin’ die than do drugs.”