Courtney Love: rock and roll is “pretty much close to dead” without a new Oasis or Nirvana

Love also speaks about how difficult it is for female artists in the music industry.
Courtney Love has branded rock and roll as “pretty much close to dead”, unless something major happens soon.

“[Rock and roll] is pretty much close to dead, unless there’s some great saviour art direction; unless there’s a new Oasis or Nirvana and people buy into that and it gets as big as Kanye [West] is,” said Love in an interview with Dazed.

“It’s got to be innovative,” she continued. “It’s got to touch that many lives, and kids – millennials – have all been raised, with very few exceptions, on rap, and so I don’t know if they’d recognised it even if they heard it.”

In the interview, Love also spoke about how hard it is to be taken seriously as a woman in music.

“I always took myself really seriously, but sometimes I’d be at a venue and the guy would call me ‘sweetie’ or ‘honey’ when we were doing drums and stuff. I’d carry the drums in myself so people wouldn’t say I was a bitch.”

“There’s maybe 30 if you count pop stars. Think about that, on the planet. Rockstars, I don’t know, I’ve never really sat down and counted female rock stars. There’s a few, there’s 10… 15… but throw a TV out on the balcony, the same stuff that Keith Richards did, the same stuff Jim Morrison did, the same things that Bono did – that we all forgot about – I think I get judged by a double standard a lot.”

“I talked to Dave Grohl about this, this month, that he doesn’t have to change his sound and I kinda do, and after hearing the latest PJ Harvey record I’m like, ‘God, this woman never stops evolving, she’s so amazing and fantastical.’”

“I think with women, unless you are autonomous, unless you can play that piano, play that guitar, unless you really learn to do it yourself, you’re interdependent. And if you’re going to be interdependent, do it with people you trust and who can last the long haul with you.”

You can read the full interview here.

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