Frances Bean Cobain Helps Courtney Love On New Album


Courtney Love is recording a new solo album, and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain is helping inspire her with the songwriting process by sending playlists.

Love told NME she had reunited with two Hole bandmates prior to coming to the U.K. and working on solo music, “Before I came [to the U.K.], I actually had Melissa [Auf Der Maur, bass] and Patty [Schemel, drums] come with our tech to this old-world rehearsal studio. We had a good session, but it takes a bit of time to get back into the rhythm of it all. It’s something I’d love to do, and [I’ve] been taking guitar lessons over Zoom during lockdown and I’m writing again, so we’ll see.”

“I’ve lived [in the U.K.] at several points in my life, and every time I left the U.K., I’d get sad,” she said. “And on top of that, you know, for a while I actually did not pick up my guitar. I stopped having the kind of relationship that you need to have with the guitar to write good guitar songs. So, I came here to focus on writing my book and my record.”

Love reunited with Melissa auf der Maur for a performance two years ago. She added about her solo album, “It’s early days, and I’ve recorded several new songs while I’ve been in London. I’ve also taken this time to enjoy rediscovering really good songwriters like Aimee Mann who’s from L.A. but went to Juliard and is a genius and overlooked. Frances [Bean, Courtney’s daughter] sends me playlists, which are fantastic and full of artists that I hadn’t come across before too.

“I also feel like the luckiest motherfucker in the history of rock and roll because, finally, after 26 years, myself and my family have an honest and ethical manager with great ears in Jonathan Daniel (JD) and Crush Music. We’ve been together since 2009. He started managing me in the middle of me making a self-funded [Hole] album called ‘Nobody’s Daughter’, which had some really amazing songs that I’m so proud of. He’s been instrumental in working with me on the new material too.”

Love wrote on social media last week, “Thanks @catpowerofficial and @electricladystudios for reminding us all that ‘Horses’ turns 45 today …. my foster father (a cool one, Kenny in Eugene Oregon.) gave it to me and said “this reminds me of you“ from the cover art to the first mind-blowing track I realized …. I wasn’t gonna go to school tomorrow. (And I didn’t. The school sucked.

It was the correct decision). Thank you goddess @thisispattismith and band for changing my and so many, many others lives for the better and setting me on the road to a life that, were it not for the risks you and your gang took, I’d probably not be breathing, we love you Patti . ! 🧙‍♀️. You genius witch of all goodness . #Goddess #pattismithband #mapplethorpe.”