Monday, January 22, 2018

review: hit so hard by patty schemel

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The child of two recovering alcoholics, Patty Schemel (best known as the drummer for Hole) experienced AA meetings in her living room, but also a significant amount of underage drinking (starting at age 12) and pot smoking with her siblings. Schemel also found a love for music and playing the drums. As someone who loved the grunge scene, I found the details of playing shows and recording particularly interesting. Unfortunately some of the details have been lost to a heroin haze. She doesn't shy away from revealing the lows she sank to while struggling with her addiction to heroin and later, crack as well.

Schemel (alongside Erin Hosier) is an excellent storyteller with a narrative style that's a bit like a friend sharing her story. Her descriptions of the horrors of heroin, the fast times with Hole, and the failed times in rehab make the all too familiar tale of an addicted rock star into an engrossing memoir.
Review copy from Amazon Vine.

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