A star-studded event in L.A. on Tuesday night saw the likes of Courtney Love and Amy Poehler sharing a stage in honor of Allen Ginsburg for the 60th anniversary of “Howl.”
Produced by Hal Willner — a music producer best known for his work with artists like Lucinda Williams and Lou Reed and for his tribute albums — the show ran for about three hours and included comedy, musical performances, and readings. Love, who performed “Letter to God,” praised Willner and said he was the reason she was there.
“I just want to thank the great and wonderfully gifted Hal Willner for putting this together. I’ve known him since 1985, and I consider him one of my top five people I’ve ever met,” Love said.
Love was joined during the night by Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, and comedians Amy Poehler and Chris Parnell, who performed a freestyle rap to Ginsburg’s poem “The Ballad of Skeletons.”
“Now a lot of people don’t know that I love poetry, but I hate rap music,” said Poehler, who was sporting newly-colored red locks.
“I love rap music, but I despise poetry,” Parnell joined in.
“So we’re going to do a little something that we love and we hate,” Poehler said.
Courtney Love’s daughter, Frances Bean, recently made headlines after she talked to Rolling Stone Magazine about her father, Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994. He left behind a legacy that hasn’t faded for his fans over the years, but his fame was ultimately his downfall, she said.
“Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him. I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn’t want to be here and everyone would be happier without him,” Cobain said.
Courtney Love has been busy these days; not only is she still making music, she’s also fattening up her acting resume, appearing onstage and on the small screen with roles on Revenge, Sons of Anarchy, and Empire. The rocker says she’s happy to get back to acting and recently said that her role on Empire marked a change in her way of thinking.
“Back in the day, I wouldn’t play rock stars. I got offered a lot of [those] parts, and I turned them down, but it’s a new time, and it’s a new dawn, and I’m really committed to doing this full-time whether it be theater or television or film,” Courtney Love said.
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