Hole Biography

Hole was an American alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989 by vocalist, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist Courtney Love, and lead guitarist Eric Erlandson. The band had a revolving line-up of bassists and drummers, their most prolific being drummer Patty Schemel, and bassists Kristen Pfaff (d. 1994) and Melissa Auf der Maur. Over the duration of their career, Hole went on to become one of the most successful female-fronted rock bands of all time, with their studio albums selling over 3 million records in the United States alone.

Initially part of Los Angeles' punk rock scene, the band collaborated with Kim Gordon for their critically acclaimed debut album, Pretty on the Inside (1991), following it with the more commercially viable Live Through This (1994), which was widely acclaimed and reached platinum status within a year of its release. Because of Love's lyrics, which explicitly discussed issues of body image, identity, and sexual exploitation, Hole became the most high-profile musical group of the 1990s to openly discuss feminist issues in their songs. The band also gained considerable media coverage due to Love's reckless and disturbing live performances. In 1998, their third release, Celebrity Skin, garnered them four Grammy nominations before they eventually disbanded in 2002 to pursue other projects.

In 2009, Hole was reformed by Love with new members, despite Erlandson's claim that the reformation breached a mutual contract he had with Love; the reformed band released the album Nobody's Daughter (2010), which received mixed critical response and was a commercial failure. In 2014, Love confirmed in an interview with BBC that she was writing new material and that a reunion with the band's previous members was being planned, which would include herself, Erlandson, Auf der Maur, and Schemel. Though Love retracted the statement, she said in an interview with Pitchfork on May 1 that a reunion was likely happening, and that it would be occurring in 2015.

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Hole News

Courtney Love on Hole reunion: 'We have to dot the 'i's and cross the 't's'

Love speaks about getting grunge band back together for festival season 2015

  • May 16, 2014

Courtney Love reunites classic Hole line-up

She has been rehearsing with Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf der Maur and Patty Schemel

  • Apr 2, 2014

Frances Bean Cobain to testify against mother Courtney Love?

Law firm trying to sue Love for defamation are hoping to get her daughter to testify against her

  • Jun 19, 2012

Courtney Love: 'I've invited Lindsay Lohan to join my spiritual chanting group'

Controversial Hole rocker says the exercise helps her keep out of trouble

  • May 12, 2012

Courtney Love's lawyers attempt to sever ties with the Hole frontwoman

The Pryor Cashman firm say she owes them money and that they cannot represent her any more

  • Apr 24, 2012

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Hole Music Videos

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Boum boum

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S'en aller

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Pacific Coast Highway

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Samantha

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Samantha (Live)

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Hole Reviews

Album Review: Hole - 'Nobody's Daughter' (Mercury)

Album Review: Hole - 'Nobody's Daughter' (Mercury)

There are moments of magic within the messiness, but Ms Love’s comeback reflects its tough conception

  • May 7, 2010

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (12/03/10)

Hole, Darwin Deez, Stornoway

  • Mar 15, 2010

Live review: Hole/Foxy Shazam/Little Fish

No matter how much she screws up, the power of Love's fury remains undiminished

  • Feb 28, 2010

Hole : Celebrity Skin

The first thing you think when 'Celebrity Skin' smacks you in the nose is that you may never need to hear a rock'n'roll record ever again ...

  • Aug 4, 1998

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