February 29, 2012


Ex-Hole Guitarist Pens Book About Cobain Suicide

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Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Courtney Love must love this: Eric Erlandson, the original guitarist in her band Hole, is writing a new book about the suicide of Kurt Cobain. Very, very interesting.

The New York Times reports that Letters to Kurt will include Erlandson’s reflections on rock’n’roll, drug abuse and the effect of Cobain’s death on music. Presented as 52 chapters of prose, poetry and free writing, the book will arrive April 8—three days after the 18th anniversary of Cobain’s death—via Akashic Books.

Erlandson, who was not included in the recent Hole “reunion” (read: Love and three other dudes) and has publicly battled with Love over the use of the band name, said that he has not spoke to Love about the book. “Up until September of last year, October, she was asking me to play with her. But I felt like there was no transformation in our relationship at all,” Erlandson said of Love. “So that kind of worked its way into the book. I never mentioned to her that I had written the book, and I'm sure she's heard of it now."

Oh, I’m sure she has. As I’m sure there are now lawyers following Erlandson’s every move. He added that he’d been considering the book for years. “It just wasn’t feeling right to write a memoir-style book and this one just came out of me a couple years ago,” he said. “It felt like the right way to go, but at the same time, I had a lot of hesitation. At some point it just started to click and I started to honor it.”