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July 24, 2008

Courtney Love vs. Ryan Adams

courtney love and frances beanIf this is true, what a wild, strange saga it is.

Courtney Love (Kurt Cobain's widow/total train-wreck) claims alt-country rocker (and semi-train wreck) Ryan Adams stole one of her American Express cards while they were having a fling and paid for his entire album Rock N Roll with it.

Be warned: If you click on that link, you get the whole weird, profane rant she posted on her MySpace site.

Now, this wasn't just any credit card. It withdrew directly from the trust fund of Love's daughter Frances Bean (pictured, right).

So, to recap, Adams allegedly stole a million bucks from Kurt Cobain's daughter to finance an alt-country album.


I don't think Adams has addressed the situation at this point.

That's pretty surprising, because, as Chuck Klosterman mentioned in this month's Esquire, Adams Googles himself on a regular basis.

Even better: He's not shy about spouting off ...

From Klosterman: 

I think there’s probably a 98 percent likelihood that Ryan Adams will read this sentence, put down the magazine, walk over to his four-track, and immediately write a psychedelic country song titled “Hey Little Leipzig Girl (I’m Glad You Dug Those Whiskeytown Bootlegs),” which I will be able to listen to on the Internet forty minutes from right now. 

Either way, this whole ordeal is fascinating. And as longtime readers of this blog know, I'm not a big fan of Ryan Adams either. I like the music -- not the man.

In the meantime, Love is being sued for not paying almost $1 million to a business management and accounting firm.

The firm says she didn't ante up a slice of the profits from selling Nirvana's publishing catalogue. Coincidence?

(AP photo)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:53 AM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Random stuff


soooooo.......she had her daughters trust fund (which is for later in life, presumably) in an easy to access credit card?

awesome. way to not surprise me anymore. at all.

Oh, this is so fantastic. Too bad "Rock N Roll" was overall disappointing -- wasted the million!

It seems to me that everyone here is in a state of karmic equilibrium.

She's right about Rock N Roll sucking, but her rant is so badly written, it's hard to understand.

Is there a link to that Klosterman article?

Courtney Love hasn't been a "train-wreck" for about 3 years now, but in any case it's odd that Ryan Adams hasn't responded to these claims so far. Surely if there was no case to answer, he'd just be saying it's all baloney?

Wow!! Frances Bean looks like her daddy!! Throw a green sweater on her and dye the hair dirty blond and voila!!

Maybe, but surely if there was a case, she would be taking legal action against him, not just complaining on her blog. I'm thinking she gave him the card and didn't expect it to be as expensive as it was. Clearly both parties are at fault here.

Ryan Adams finally responded to this.

This has been has 29 american express cards?
Why is there one attached to her daughter's trust fund? What bright bulb is guiding their finances who would green light this supremely stupid move?
Someone should step in a protect the kid's inheritance from her brain dead mother so she might actually see some of it.


Now really, you have been reduced to posting this very minor tabloid lint?
I'm disappointed.

GDA, I took interest in this particular little saga because I find Courtney Love grotesquely fascinating and I like Ryan Adams' music but have had a couple terrible run-ins with him in person.

Stealing from her daughter's trust fund to pay for a romantic romp is the least Courtney is guilty of, considering she murdered Kurt and others. You will be brought to justice eventually, Courtney!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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