Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel

Fri, June 3, 2011, 7pm

From rock star to rock bottom, Patty Schemel has experienced both the highs and the lows of the music world. After picking up her first pair of drumsticks at age 11, she went on to join the predominantly female rock band Hole, whose 1994 album Live Through This is considered among the greatest of all time. But she also had her first drink at age 12, leading to years of substance abuse.

With a warm sense of humor and remarkable candor, Schemel shares her survivor story in Hit So Hard, which made headlines in March when its New York premiere brought together the members of Hole for the first time in 13 years. The film recounts Schemel’s childhood outside Seattle, conflicts with Hole singer Courtney Love and how she turned to drugs to cope with the deaths of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff. Hit So Hard features fly-on-the-wall footage of the Cobain family and interviews with a who’s who of women rockers from The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, Luscious Jackson and Veruca Salt.

Schemel, who came out in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, also explains how music helped her cope with feeling like an outsider: “I found other freakish people through music…androgynous icons like Klaus Nomi, David Bowie and Patti Smith who were playing with gender. That was interesting to me.” —Jimmy Radosta

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