Preview Courtney Love in the new issue of FourTwoNine


The third issue of FourTwoNine, hitting newsstands October 15, features an exclusive conversation and photo shoot with Courtney Love. Shot in New York City by Damon Baker—and interviewed by editor-in-chief Kevin Sessums—Love proves that, at 50, she’s still one of the most intriguing women in rock: maternal, seductive, and fiercely devoted to her art.

Here’s an excerpt: 

Kevin Sessums: What do you think your reputation once was?

Courtney Love: At times, wildly inaccurate to the point that it astonished me. And it still does. But there are parts of it that are and were applicable. I do think for myself. I am, I suppose, a provocateur. It’s a painful thing, however, to be classified as entirely mad and bad and even dangerous to know when you’re actually rather boring and maternal and empathetic. But the fact that I didn’t use my sexuality foremost or my looks in my music career and instead let my rage be my calling card forged my reputation early on. 

Our third issue also featues a cover story on Alan Cumming; Joyce Maynard’s appreciation of ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan; and conversations with director John Waters, theater artists Charles Busch and Taylor Mac, and Scandal‘s Guillermo Diaz. Plus: Jenny Holzer’s best tweets, erotic furniture from the Haas brothers, Perry Ellis’s enduring mystique, autumn’s hottest fashions, and more.

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