Music Uncategorized — 24 July 2011
Hit (So Hard) By Sobering Realities At Don’t Knock The Rock Film Fest

There is a segment in the riveting new documentary Hit So Hard- The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel that explores the concept of “Saturn Returns” (the astrogical phenomenon which is said to influence and test a person’s life development beginning at 27 years old; the exact age that rock n’ roll icons including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and –as is intimately recalled in the film by those who were there– Kurt Cobain and Hole bassist Kristin Pfaff died). Friends feared Schemel might end up another victim of the “27 Club” and talk about it in the film. After all, the Hole drummer not only was a full-blown heroin addict at 27, she was forced to deal with the deaths of two of her best friends, removal from her band’s anticipated follow-up record, homelessness, and (maybe most challenging) the intimitable Courtney Love. She survived and even thrived, telling her story (which ends happily, in fact) in the film.

We saw the movie the DAY BEFORE  Amy Winehouse, who was also 27, died.  Eerie (and sad) to say the least. And while  drug abuse is a recurring thread in many of the films offered for this year’s “Don’t Knock The Rock,” (the 7th annual music-themed film festival created and curated by director Allison Anders and daughter Tiffany Anders) at the Silent Movie Theatre, there are also several stories of survival and hope.

Read the full LA Weekly piece here.

Watch our interview with Allison Anders and Tiffany Anders on via Justin TV here.

Read our first interview with Anders for the Los Angeles Times when (DKTR started back in 2003!) here.

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