At the age of 17 – before Hole, before meeting Kurt Cobain – Courtney Love took a trip to Liverpool. She describes the months she spent in the city in 1982 as ‘one of the most important things of my existence’. In ‘Searching For Love’, the third book in his Art Decades series, Dave Haslam explores the stories she’s told of her stay, talks to people who remember her, and celebrates the Liverpool music scene that attracted and inspired her.
Courtney Love has said that Liverpool was a great place to learn how to be a rock star. But what do we learn about the young Courtney? That her days were filled with cider and LSD; that in Liverpool she lost her virginity while listening to ‘Isolation’ by Joy Division; that she hung out in Café Tabac, and Probe Records; wrote songs about porridge; feuded with Pete Burns; and drank Grand Marnier all the way to Manchester.