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
As the band's 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 1994, both Kurt Cobain and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff had died at the age of 27.
With surprising candour and wit, Schemel intimately documents the events surrounding her own 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.
“[A] heartbreaking memoir...Schemel's recounting is bluntly terrifying and provides invaluable insight into the ravages of addiction-and just as importantly, the possibility of recovery...A must-read for any grunge fan.” - Publishers Weekly
“A smart, clear-eyed look back at the 1990s alt-rock scene...[Schemel] writes with humor and insight.” - Philadelphia Inquirer