Live Through This is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Hole. It was released by Geffen Records on April 12, 1994, just four days after frontwoman Courtney Love's husband, Kurt Cobain, was found dead in their home. It was Hole's only album to feature bassist Kristen Pfaff before her death in June 1994, and the first to feature Patty Schemel on drums.
Recorded in October 1993, the album differed considerably from the band's debut Pretty on the Inside (1991), marking a shift in their sound from hardcore punk to more accessible alternative rock, and focusing more on melody and dynamics. Lyrically, the album reflected Love's transition into public notoriety, and her role as a wife and mother, as well as articulating a "third-wave feministconsciousness". Aside from featuring a Young Marble Giants cover, the record was written near-exclusively by frontwoman Courtney Love and lead guitarist Eric Erlandson, featuring a musical contribution from Love's friend and former bandmate Kat Bjelland, as well as uncredited backing vocals by Kurt Cobain on two tracks. The album was dedicated to Joe Cole, a mutual friend and roadie for Black Flag and the Rollins Band, who was shot to death during a robbery in December 1991 after attending a Hole show in West Hollywood, California.
Often considered Hole's "magnum opus", Live Through This met near-unanimous critical acclaim, garnering rave reviews and "best album of the year" awards in major periodicals, such as Rolling Stone, Spin, and The New York Times, as well as earning top-100 chart spots in seven countries. The album was a financial success, selling over two million copies worldwide and going multi-platinum within just a year of its release. It also spawned four singles, including the group's signature songs "Doll Parts" and "Violet". In recent years, Live Through This has often been considered a contemporary classic of alternative rock, and was included in Rolling Stone's list of "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The album was also named the 84th greatest album of all time in a list produced by NME magazine in 2013. As of 2010, the album had sold over 1.6 million copies in the United States.