On April 8, Akashic Books will publish “Letters To Kurt” by Eric Erlandson, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the band HOLE.
Written as an elegy for his friend, late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain, the book takes the form of 52 letters, and is an anguished, angry, and bleeding-heart meditation on rock ‘n’ roll, sex, suicide, and the questions that follow.
“It just wasn’t feeling right to write a memoir-style book, and this one just came out of me a couple years ago,” Erlandson said in an interview with The New York Times. “It felt like the right way to go, but at the same time, I had a lot of hesitation. At some point, it just started to click, and I started to honor it.”
“I see these letters as songs; a fifty-two-card pick-up,” said Erlandson, who studied writing in the years following HOLE and found inspiration in the work of Jim Harrison, Patti Smith, and Charles Bukowski. “In no way do I intend to glorify or romanticize Kurt‘s chosen way out, nor make light of it . . . I thought if I could sort out my struggles and disappointments, face my demons, maybe I would be in a position to help others.”
Erlandson has major book events scheduled in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco, with more to follow.
Erlandson was born and raised in San Pedro, California. He is best known as co-founder, songwriter, and lead guitarist of the alternative rock band HOLE, which he formed with Courtney Love. Their albums “Pretty on the Inside”, “Live Through This” and “Celebrity Skin” achieved international recognition and success. “Live Through This” was named one of the top 100 albums of all time by Time magazine. Since the breakup of the band in 2002, Erlandson has been involved in a number of musical and literary projects. He has a BS in Economics from Loyola Marymount University and practices Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Eric Erlandson book events:
** March 29 at 7 p.m.
1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
** April 5 at 7 p.m.
Barnes Noble Union Square
33 East 17th St.
New York, NY
Upstairs at the Square presents a conversation with Eric Erlandson, followed by musical performances by Eric Erlandson Melissa Auf der Maur
** April 8 at 6 p.m.
Basilica at 6 p.m.
110 Front St.
Reading by Eric Erlandson, music by Melissa Auf der Maur, Eric Erlandson, and Patty Schemel, and a screening of “Hit So Hard”.
** April 23 at 8 p.m.
366 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
** April 26 at 7 p.m.
261 Columbus Ave.
For more information, go to this location.