Patty Schemel with Marco Collins
Drummer Patty Schemel grew up in Marysville, Washington, and though she played with The Primitives, Imperial Teen, Death Valley Girls and many other bands, she’s probably best known for hear years with Hole (with Courtney Love). This - Hit So Hard (Da Capo Press) - is a harrowing tale of surviving years of alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness, coming out and...eventually, recovery.
"Patty Schemel's drums have always been a wake-up call, the punctuation that makes serious the wild streams of punk consciousness her bands have expressed. This book is a wake-up call, too: a clearly considered, deeply honest look back at a rock scene that's often been mourned but rarely truly understood. Schemel writes most honestly about herself: she spares nothing and no one as she traces the path of addiction as it intersects with the privileges and costs of young fame. A must-read about rock 'n' roll realities."-- Ann Powers, NPR Music Critic and author of Good Booty.
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