Former first lady
of grunge Courtney Love is wrapping up her first album
since 2004's ill-fated America's Sweetheart.
Love has been working under the tutelage of former 4 Non
Blondes singer-turned-producer Linda Perry, whose
Custard label will release the disc sometime next
with drugs, alcohol, and a string of assault charges has
been well-documented since she first burst onto the music
scene as the charismatic frontwoman of the now-defunct
band Hole. Perry walked out on recording sessions for
America's Sweetheart due to Love's
problems: "I said, 'When you want to make music, give me a
call,'" Perry told Billboard.
Love later did a
stint in rehab where she spent much of her time writing
songs and reconnected with Perry, who brought her a guitar.
coordination was so bad I didn't even know [guitar]
chords anymore," Billboard reported Love as
saying. "It was like my fingers were frozen. And I wasn't
allowed to make noise [in rehab]. So I'd sit there and
try to quietly write and struggle. I never thought I
would work again. No one is ever going to talk to me.
I'm never going to get a record deal. I'm never going to get
onstage again. So I just kept writing. This is a very
Love will also
release a collection of her diaries and letters in book
form next month. "It's an insight into how I think. Not sure
that's a good thing or not. But it's me."