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Review: Uneven Documentary ‘Hit So Hard’ Can’t Decide If It’s A Patty Schemel Portrait Or Hole Alt-Rock Examination

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 10, 2012 2:57 PM
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Patty Schemel is best remembered as the drummer of the alternative rock group Hole, fronted by erstwhile alt-queen rocker, now-notorious loudmouth Courtney Love. For top level context, Schemel laid the thunderous beat on both of Hole’s most popular and well-known records, including 1994’s Live Through This, which was released just four days after frontwoman Courtney Love's husband, Kurt Cobain, was found dead in their home. This is all well-documented. What only the most hardcore of rock aficionados will remember was that Schemel’s drum parts on 1997’s follow-up record Celebrity Skin were replaced by a session drummer at the behest of producer Michael Beinhorn (knob-twiddler for records like Soundgarden's Superunknown, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Mother's Milk and Grave Dancers Union by Soul Asylum).

Hole Drummer Talks About Life With Kurt Cobain In 'Hit So Hard'; Grunge Icon Passed Away 18 Years Ago Today

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 5, 2012 6:51 PM
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18 years ago today, on April 5, 1994, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain passed away. You all know the story, voice of a generation, grunge icon, inadvertent music game-changer, Cobain committed suicide after grappling with depression and heroin addiction in the midst of a maelstrom of fame, there's not a lot more we can add.

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