Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love
Sylvia Plath may have killed herself fifty years ago, but her influence on female artists lives on in contemporary literature and song. Ms. Plath was one of the pioneers of confessionalism, the genre in which the artist bares his or her soul about love, sex and the darkness of the human psyche. Today’s rock music, whether it be pop or independent, is laden with musings about love, sex and body image. Two of the most well-known purveyors of confessional rock are Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love.
On Saturday, May 22, 2015 Lana Del Rey will perform at Amphitheater Northwest, Ridgefield, WA, as part of her Endless Summer Tour. Mr. Del Rey will be joined by former Portland State co-ed, Courtney Love who will be the opening act for eight of the tours twenty concerts. Ms. Del Rey will perform songs from her third album Ultraviolence, which contains songs about a woman in an abusive relationship.
The twenty-nine year old, Ms. Del Rey’s career began in 2007 when she signed a contract with Five Point Records. Her real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, but her lawyers and managers came up with her stage name. Her self-titled, little known freshman album debut in 2010. After the release of the album, the petite and pretty songstress, Ms. Del Rey met her current manager, Ben Mawson who she lived with for several years.
Several of Ms. Del Rey’s videos were uploaded to YouTube including the song Video Games, which is about a young woman who is willing to do anything for the boyfriend, who all but ignores her. The video got many plays and the singer was discovered by Stranger Records who then released the single. The song won a Q award for The Next Big Thing and Ms. Del Rey was on her way to stardom. Much of Ms. Del Rey’s music has been controversial and criticized by woman’s groups for being anti-feministic.
If there is anyone who is no stranger to controversy it is Courtney Love. In spite of being an award winning actress and musician, Ms. Love is best known as the widow of grunge superstar and Nirvana lead singer, Kurt Cobain. In the years since his death she has been accused of murdering Mr. Cobain and making it look like a suicide and trying to get all of Nirvana’s money for herself. She has battled drug addiction over the years and lost custody of her daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
In 2011 Mr. Love accused the Muppets of raping her late husband in several rambling online rants. She was upset because the company performed the Nirvana song Smells Like Teen Spirit in the 2011 Muppet Movie. The song was performed by a barber shop quartet consisting of Ralph the Dog, Sam Eagle, Link Hogthrob and Beaker, who sang it to an agitated Jack Back. Mr. Black defended the performance, saying Ms. Love’s comments where “absurd.” None of the Muppets ever commented on the issue.
In spite of the controversy she may have stirred up in her personal life, Ms. Love is a very well respected musician and lyricist. Her band, Hole got a great deal of attention from the underground rock fans in the early 1990’s. The bands third, more mainstream album, Celebrity Skin was nominated for several Grammys. Much of Ms. Love’s music deals with celebrity and the public’s perception of her looks.
As an actress she was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance in “The People vs. Larry Flynt.” The performance garnered her the Chicago Film Critics Association award for Most Promising Actress in 1997.
Ms. Del Rey and Ms. Love will go on stage at 7:30 on May, 22. Tickets to the show run from $35.00 to $1729.00.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.