The late Nirvana legend Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love recently lavished praise on Lana Del Rey and Cobain during a recent interview.
Courtney Love opens up on Lana Del Rey and Kurt Cobain
Love said during an appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast and stated the following (via Stereogum): “Lana and Kurt are the only two true musical geniuses I’ve ever known. And by that I mean they can Spielberg anything.” Love specifically cited Lana Del Rey reciting Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Nirvana covering Meat Puppets on MTV Unplugged as examples of how the two musicians “Spielberged” it.
“[Del Rey’s] got the integrity that Kurt had,” Love added. “The only two people I know that I can say… By the way, [Michael] Stipe? Bono? Yes, these are people that I know and love. Billie Joe [Armstrong], sure. But Lana? She’s got a magic thing. And she’s not even f**ked up.”
Love went on to recall how she introduced Del Rey to Joni Mitchell, which informed the creation of Del Rey’s classic album, Norman Fucking Rockwell!
“She described a record she wanted to make to me, and I’m like, ‘Oh you mean Hissing Of Summer Lawns.’ She’s like, ‘What’s that?’ I’m like, ‘It’s a Joni Mitchell record.’ She’s like, ‘Who’s that?’” Love proceeded to gift Del Rey “all the Joni” music and it “changed her fucking whole thing.”
“My boomer rock critic friends are calling after Norman Rockwell, ‘Hey your friend, she’s pretty good…’ And I said to her, ‘Welcome to the Thunderdome, Ms. Del Rey.’ Even Springsteen! He goes, ‘She’s our greatest songwriter.’” In response, Love told Del Rey, “don’t go insane,” and Del Rey didn’t because “she got out of the overculture. She deleted all her social. F*** that s**t.”