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Hit so hard : a memoir

by Schemel, Patty, 1967-

Format: Print Book [2017]
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A stunningly candid portrait of the Seattle grunge scene of the '90s and a memoir of an addict during the last great era of rock 'n' roll excess, by Hole drummer Patty Schemel

Patty Schemel's story begins with a childhood surrounded by the AA meetings her parents hosted in the family living room. Their divorce triggered her first forays into drinking at age twelve and dovetailed with her passion for punk rock and playing the drums. Patty's struggles with her sexuality further drove her notoriously hard playing, and by the late '80s she had focused that anger, confusion, and drive into regular gigs with well-regarded bands in Tacoma, Seattle, and Olympia, Washington. She met a pre-Nirvana Kurt Cobain at a Melvins show, and less than five years later, was living with him and his wife, Hole front-woman Courtney Love, at the height of his fame and on the cusp of hers. As the platinum-selling band's new drummer, Schemel contributed memorable, driving beats to hits like "Beautiful Son," "Violet," "Doll Parts," and "Miss World." But the band was plagued by tragedy and heroin addiction, and by the time Hole went on tour in support of their ironically titled and critically-acclaimed album Live Through This in 1994, both Cobain and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff had died at the age of 27

With surprising candor and wit, Schemel intimately documents the events surrounding her dramatic exit from the band in 1998 that led to a dark descent into a life of homelessness and crime on the streets of Los Angeles, and the difficult but rewarding path to lasting sobriety after more than twenty serious attempts to get clean. Hit So Hard is a testament not only to the enduring power of the music Schemel helped create but an important document of the drug culture that threatened to destroy it.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In her 50 years of life, musician Schemel has experienced some of the greatest highs and lows possible, from her career playing drums for the iconic grunge band Hole to the darkest depths of heroin and crack-cocaine addiction. It's the latter that makes up the bulk of this heartbreaking memoir, as Schemel looks back on her history of addiction: her first drink at age 12, her first time shooting up, and her ensuing 30-odd stays in detox and rehab facilities before eventually cleaning up for good in 2005. Along the way, Schemel recalls the most harrowing periods of her life, including her time spent homeless in L.A. and doing sex work to survive. Schemel's recounting is bluntly terrifying and provides invaluable insight into the ravages of addiction-and just as importantly, the possibility of recovery. Readers searching for juicy details on Schemel's years with Courtney Love won't be disappointed either (high, she took off her shirt during a Cleveland performance), and she adds fuel to speculation that Kurt Cobain was transgender, making this book a must-read for any grunge fan. 16 pages of black and white photos. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Schemel, Patty, -- 1967-
Hole (Musical group)
Rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Drummers (Musicians) -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :[2017]
Edition First edition.
Contributors Hosier, Erin, author.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 280 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780306825071
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