Eric Erlandson, the guitarist who co-founded the grunge band Hole with Love, has penned a book looking back on Cobain’s suicide and the period of emotional chaos and heartache that resulted from it. The book – which promises to pack 52 chapters of Erlandson’s experiences and musings – will arrive in April via Akashic Books, the same month that commemorates the 18th anniversary of Cobain’s passing.
Speaking with the New York Times, Erlandson explained that Letters to Kurt has been in the works for years, but he was only recently able to really articulate what he was trying to express in it. “It just wasn’t feeling right to write a memoir-style book and this one just came out of me a couple years ago,” he said. “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.”
Erlandson hasn’t told Love about the new book. “Up until September of last year, October, she was asking me to play with her,” he said. “But I felt like there was no transformation in our relationship at all. So that kind of worked its way into the book. I never mentioned to her that I had written the book, and I’m sure she’s heard of it now.”
He’s hoping people don’t misinterpret some chapters as being directed towards Love when they’re not. “There’s one piece that it seems like it’s all about her,” he said, “but then when I read it back I go, ‘Oh, I’m talking about my mom.’”
As for whether to ever expect a Hole reunion of the original lineup, don’t hold your breath. “I’m just not thinking that way,” he said.