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Courtney Love
gearing up to release new material

Courtney Love
gearing up to release new material

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 year.

Love's struggle 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.

"My hand-eye 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 personal album."

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." (The Advocate)

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