Courtney Love, widow of the late Kurt Cobain and supposedly ‘the most controversial woman in the history of rock’, has a powerful interest in Sir Edward Elgar’s voyage to South America, in the New Economic Foundation, in Japanese pop music and in a movie about Lourdes.
That, at any rate, is what we are meant to believe from the statement that Courtney Love is the guest editor of the Film and Music section of today’s Guardian newspaper. These are the items that she chose for inclusion from the weekly pile of submissions.
Nothing, as anyone in newspapers will confirm, could be further from the truth. Ms Love lent her name to the Guardian, along with a portrait by Sam Taylor-Wood, in order to promote her forthcoming release, Nobody’s Daughter. She had about as much to do with the editing of the Guardian section as I did with the syntax of the Gospels. Her role in the newspaper process is pure make-believe – and newspapers keep wondering why they are losing credibility.
Not that The Times is any better. It splashes a front-page picture of Abba, the Swedish pop group, on the speculative hint in an interview that they might, maybe, who knows, have a one-off reunion. Here’s the quote on which the pull-shot is based:
“Yeah, why not?” said (Benni) Andersson, who now owns a farm where he breeds horses.
“I don’t know if the girls sing anything any more,” he added. “I know Frida was in the studio.”
He added later: “It’s not a bad idea, actually.”
And that’s a front-page picture story. Is there no depth of desperation to which a newspaper will not stoop in order to sell a few hundred extra copies?