Video Vault Episode 50: “Violet”

To celebrate the release of our 103rd 33 1/3 on  Live Through This by Anwen Crawford, we bring you the fifth and final installment of Hole week: the video vault edition. “We invented rock ‘n’ roll so that we could sexualise men, so that we could go and scream over these unatainable football captains…Do not hurt yourself, destroy yourself, mangle yourself, to get the football captain. BE the football captain.” – Courtney Love [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ljFNN4iRao]

Hole Week – Day 4: Symbolism

To celebrate the release of our 103rd 33 1/3 on  Live Through This by Anwen Crawford, we bring you the fourth installment of Hole week. Here is an excerpt from the chapter “Softer, Softest.” SYMBOLISM There are precious few records in the rock canon about motherhood. The very spirit of rock music—bound up as it is with a celebration of the unfettered, sexually voracious masculine ego—seems opposed to it. ‘The rebel is always running away from home,’ observe Simon Reynolds and Joy Press in The Sex Revolts. ‘He defines himself…

Hole Week – Day 3: Groupie

To celebrate the release of our 103rd 33 1/3 on  Live Through This by Anwen Crawford, we bring you the third installment of Hole week. Here is an excerpt from the chapter “Asking for It.” GROUPIE Underlying public antagonism towards Courtney Love is the same suspicion that has dogged female participants in rock ’n’ roll for decades: that, in the end, she is merely a groupie, and fucking is her talent. Groupies reaffirm the phallus worship that lies at the heart of rock culture; they make literal the fantasy of…

Hole Week – Day 2: Injuries

To celebrate the release of our 103rd 33 1/3 on  Live Through This by Anwen Crawford, we bring you the second installment of Hole week. Here is an excerpt from the chapter “Violet.” INJURIES And all the stars were just like little fish. Did you know that amethyst is the birthstone for February? And Kurt Cobain was born on February 20. Pisces, Jesus man: the punk- rock messiah crucified upon his own fame. Yeah, yeah. ‘This is for Kurt, and Kristen, and River, and Joe, and Rob and, today, Joni…

Hole Week – Day 1: A Brief History of American Blondes

To celebrate the release of our 103rd 33 1/3 on  Live Through This by Anwen Crawford, we bring you the first installment of Hole week: a look the prologue that didn’t make it into the book! A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN BLONDES Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our lovely contestants to the stage. Tonight they are competing for the title of American Blonde — a great honour, ladies and gentlemen, a glittering prize. The winner will be part icon, part anti-hero, part sign of the times. Audacity, ambition, determination, poise:…

Hole’s Live Through This Excerpted by The Lifted Brow

Anwen Crawford‘s 33 1/3 on Hole’s Live Through This is out in just 10 short days! You can buy it now on Amazon (or better yet, on our website where you can take advantage of our ongoing 30% off sale), but while you’re waiting for your book to arrive, here is an exclusive sneak peek excerpted by The Lifted Brow. And that’s not all. You can also listen to Anwen’s contributor mix tape here! Check in with us next week for Hole week, when we’ll be excerpting Anwen’s unpublished prologue…