“Hit So Hard” is the touching story of how and why Ms. Schemel ended up in her own private hell and how and why she made her way out again into the world of sunshine, sobriety and puppy dogs. (Literally: she now runs a dog care service in Los Angeles.) Directed and edited by Ms. Schemel’s friend P. David Ebersole, “Hit So Hard” largely follows the same rise-and-fall trajectory as a lot of music biopics, though its openly sympathetic approach feels rooted in a real friendship rather than in sensationalism or industry boosterism. There’s a political angle too, because Mr. Ebersole frames Ms. Schemel’s story within both a feminist and a lesbian context, a move that positions her as something of a leading figure in the history of women in rock.
That’s a history that Ms. Schemel appears to have given little thought to back in the day, including when she was touring the world with Hole, playing before screaming crowds in Japan and Paris, and striking poses for Rolling Stone. You see a fair amount of those times, both onstage and backstage, because when Ms. Schemel wasn’t handling a pair of drumsticks she seems to have been carrying a Hi8 video camera. She recorded everywhere — in the wings, in bed, on the bus — though, given the absence of on-camera drug use, not exactly everything. The visual quality of the material she shot is crummy, both palsied and smeared, but the decrepitude of the images also underscores that these blurry times would soon deteriorate.”
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From The LATimes:
“Courtney Love reconnected with her former Hole band mates for the first time in 15 years on Friday in New York for a reunion performance in conjunction with a screening of drummer Patty Schemel’s documentary “Hit So Hard.”
Fans had been speculating whether Love would show up at the event, where guitarist Eric Erlandson and bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur were set to play with Schemel at Public Assembly concert hall in Brooklyn.
“Is there a lady still in the house that wants to join us for a song?” Auf der Maur asked. “You never know — we never know.” Love then appeared, asking for Erlandson’s help in strapping on a guitar.
They played Hole’s “Miss World” and a tune by early Portland punk band the Wipers, “Over the Edge.” Video footage of the short reunion can be seen on YouTube.”
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