Review: Hole drummer Patty Schemel Hits So Hard, breaks hearts in candid new memoir

Addiction, detox, rehab — nothing is off limits.

click to enlarge Patty Schemel. - Darcy Hemley
Darcy Hemley
Patty Schemel.

Hit So Hard: A Memoir If there's a book in his recap that is painfully real, then its this crushing, 272-page memoir from Patty Schemel where the former Hole drummer who walks readers through a rock and roll life that included addiction, detox, rehab and a whole lot of famous friends. The anecdotes and stories are painfully vivid (have you ever stuffed $100 worth of cocaine into a condom and then up your vagina?), but all of it flows gracefully in the same way Schemel, 50, attacked the drums with an assertive sense of melody that made her one of rock's greatest timekeepers. You should read this, but if you're too lazy then just set your eyes on a documentary that shares the same title. (Da Capo Press)


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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