Love Plans All-Female Bastard

Courtney Love has assembled a quartet of female rockers. Christened Bastard, the all-star band will start recording an album next week for punk label Epitaph Records.

Backing Love, who will sing and play guitar, are Veruca Salt guitarist Louise Post, Rockit Girl bassist Gina Crosley, and Love's Hole bandmate Patty Schemel on drums.

"We're hoping to make a South of France, AC/DC, fuck-off record," Love said in a posting on her official Web site, holemusic.com. The group will begin recording next week in a Los Angeles studio.

Love could use as much revenue as she can get right now. The hard rock singer and actress is involved in a legal battle with Vivendi Universal, parent company of Hole's record label.

The label is suing her for failing to deliver five albums it says she promised in a contract. Love is filing a countersuit to break the contract and says she aims to reveal the "repressive and unfair working conditions" of the recording industry.

Love told the Los Angeles Times in an interview last week, "I could end up being the music industry's worst nightmare — a smart gal with a fat bank account who is unafraid to go down in flames fighting for a principle."

Love, who has also starred in such movies as Man on the Moon and The People vs. Larry Flynt, owns the estate and catalog of her late husband, Nirvana star Kurt Cobain, whose music generates millions of dollars annually.

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