Eric Erlandson
American musician
Eric Erlandson
Eric Erlandson is an American musician, primarily known as the co-founder, former songwriter and lead guitarist of alternative rock band Hole from 1989 to 2002.
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Hole's Drummer's Home Movies
Mother Jones - almost 5 years
While on Hole's Live Through This tour in 1995, drummer Patty Schemel bought a Hi8 camera to record the band's offstage escapades. Nearly twenty years later, Schemel found the footage in her closet; worried that it would disintegrate, she took it to a friend, the filmmaker P. David Ebersole, to see how she could protect it. The next thing they knew, says Ebersole, "Patty and I started watching all of the footage together and she hadn't seen it in at least 10 years…the memories began flooding back and we just started talking about what her whole story, her whole journey had been." And with that, a documentary was born. Hit So Hard traces Schemel's story back to her youth as a gay teen growing up in isolated rural Washington, drumming for local punk bands (Kill Sybil, Doll Squad) and getting up to mischief with her brother, Larry. Eventually, she was recruited by Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love, who'd already gotten buzz for Hole's debut, Pretty on the Inside. Schemel moved to Los A ...
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Kurt Cobain’s Solo Album: “He Was Working On Songs, But They Were Just In His Head”
Music Feeds - almost 5 years
We heard news the other week that Kurt Cobain was working on a potential solo album in the months prior to his death, after former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson claimed in an interview that he had heard some of the new material, calling it his “White Album”, and talking up the possibility that it might one day be surfaced. “They presented some (of the demos) but there is stuff that has not been put out. I’m not in control of things. I just wish something would come together. I think the fans would be a lot happier.” But Nevermind producer Butch Vig has put a dampener on the rumours, saying that it most likely wasn’t getting worked on to a great extent, and that Cobain was probably more concerned with helping out his wife Courtney Love with her career at that time instead. Vig said to NME, “He was working on songs, but they were just in his head. He might have just played some songs to Eric… Around that time period he only wanted to talk about Courtney’s album. I never heard any o ...
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WATCH: Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love Sing Unreleased Track 'Stinking Of You'
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Rare home video of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, his then-wife Courtney Love and their infant daughter Frances Bean Cobain has surfaced online. In the footage,Cobain and Love sing "Stinking of You," an unreleased track. The footage was originally part of the widely anticipated Patty Schemel documentary, "Hit So Hard," which has been showing at film festivals around the country. In the clip, viewers get an intimate look at the tumultuous couple and their young daughter, as Cobain plays with young Frances throughout the video. It's a rare, happy look at the tormented artist and his family. Sadly, Cobain would take his own life on April 5, 1994. Released in 1991, Nirvana's seminal album Nevermind has since sold over 10 million copies, and Cobain has been hailed as one of the pioneering voices of the '90s. The relationship between Love and Frances Bean has been fraught, to say the least. Recently, Love ranted on her private Twitter account, telling her followers th ...
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Former Hole drummer Patty Schemel on her life documentary
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - almost 5 years
"Hit so Hard" documentary with Patty Schemel (CNN) — Patty Schemel, the former drummer for the Courtney Love-fronted band Hole, is starring in the upcoming documentary “Hit So Hard.” The film examines Schemel’s roots, her rise to fame with Hole and her drug addiction. Schemel spoke to CNN about “Hit So Hard,” her relationship with Love and Kurt Cobain, and her thoughts on women in the music industry today. CNN: “Hit So Hard” highlights the time in your life when you were a member of Hole during the peak period of the grunge rock era. Have you been in touch with your former band mates since you left Hole in 1998? Were you in contact with them during the course of filming? Patty Schemel: I kept in contact with Courtney (Love) over the years, I knew where she was at with that. Seeing the first edit of the documentary and how (Hole band mates) explained that time was pretty much the first time I got to know what their feelings were. Brought us all back together in ...
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Posthumous glory for Cobain
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
WASHINGTON:  Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was working on a solo album when he committed suicide in 1994, a former guitarist for the band of Cobain’s widow said in an interview with music TV channel Fuse. “That’s really what he was going towards, a solo album but working with different people,” Eric Erlandson – who played with Hole, a band founded by Courtney Love – told Fuse TV. Erlandson said Cobain was writing and producing songs that transcended his previous work. “It would have been his White Album,” he added, referring to the celebrated Beatles work. “I was really excited about some of the stuff he was working on. I got to see him play it in front of me. That’s why I was really sad [when he died],” Erlandson said. Erlandson spoke with Fuse last week after publishing a book about his relationship with Cobain, entitled Letters to Kurt. An album of Cobain’s rough demo recordings could still be released, he said. “I’ve heard someone is ...
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Courtney Love apologizes to daughter on Twitter
KXLY - almost 5 years
On the heels of her controversial Twitter posts - which sparked the ire of her daughter Frances Bean Cobain and rocker Dave Grohl - Courtney Love serendipitously reunited her band Hole for the first time in 15 years over the weekend. New York Magazine's Vulture reports that the singer took the stage with the grunge group in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday night. (Video of the performance is at the link.) The last-minute show, held at Williamsburg's Public Assembly, saw the group's original lineup - Love, Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf der Maur and Eric Erlandson - take the stage for two songs. It was the band's first time playing together since 1999. Last week, Love was making headlines for less professional reasons. Gawker captured a string of tweets from Love's private Twitter account in which she reportedly claimed that Foo Fighters musician Dave Grohl had made inappropriate sexual advances toward her daughter, Frances Bean. Grohl denied the comments as did Frances, who said in ...
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Hole stars reunite for gig
Calgary Sun - almost 5 years
Courtney Love reunited with her original Hole bandmate Eric Erlandson for a one-off surprise gig in New York on Friday.
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Jonathan Kim: ReThink Review: Hit So Hard -- Drummer, Addict, Witness, Survivor
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
I was in high school in the early '90s just as alternative, grunge, and gangster rap were hitting, a time I feel is one of the most exciting and influential periods of music since the late '60s. One of my favorite bands was Nirvana, who I feel proud and lucky to have seen live twice, which made it that much more devastating when Nirvana's singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain killed himself in April of 1994. Another band that I greatly admired at the time was Hole, the band fronted by Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, who had one of the best screams in all of rock. Hole also featured the best female drummer I'd ever seen in Patty Schemel, and the documentary Hit So Hard tells Schemel's story, using nearly 40 hours of home videos Schemel shot herself, which not only provides an insider's look into the alternative explosion and two of its most important figures in Love and Cobain, but also an intimate, sometimes heart-wrenching portrait of Schemel as a drummer, a lesbian, an addict, a rock s ...
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Books: Book Review: Eric Erlandson: Letters to Kurt
A.V. Club - almost 5 years
Eric Erlandson’s literary debut, Letters To Kurt, begins with promise, like his music career did. In a four-page introduction, he concisely yet eloquently sums up his prickly, substance-fueled relationship with his former lover and Hole bandmate Courtney Love—and, of course, touches lightly upon his friendship with Kurt Cobain, the book’s titular focal point. But that introduction is grossly misleading. From there, Erlandson drops whatever potential his premise has off a cliff and straight into a junk heap of juvenile Beat-aping, stream-of-consciousness twaddle, mixed with tedious egocentrism ironically dressed up as egolessness. Even when trying to tackle the ...
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Features: Newswire: Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson will release book Letters To Kurt in April 
A.V. Club - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-423061" href="/Eric+Erlandson+1">Eric Erlandson</a>, guitarist for Hole, announced today that he’ll release his first book, Letters To Kurt, on April 8 with Akashic Books. The book consists of 52 letters Erlandson wrote to his friend Kurt Cobain after his suicide in 1994. Erlandson, who founded Hole in 1989 with Cobain’s widow Courtney Love, said he sees the letters “as songs; a fifty-two card pickup. … In no way do I intend to glorify or romanticize Kurt’s chosen way out, nor make light of it.” Erlandson’s letters to the late Nirvana frontman deal with sex, suicide, and music. “I thought ...
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Live: Courtney Love at Hiro Ballroom - Village Voice (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Love closed with &quot;Northern Star&quot; and then said, &quot;You know, for really big modeling contracts, come to me.&quot; Before the last note had even really faded, she was gone. Critical bias: I still hold out hope that Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love might one
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Hole Confirmed For Soundwave 2012 - Tone Deaf
Google News - over 5 years
Long term guitarist Eric Erlandson had a bitter falling out with Hole prior to the band&#39;s reformation in 2009, claiming that the band wasn&#39;t hole without his presence in it. Why not sign up to our Newsletter and receive our weekly news straight to your
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eric Erlandson
  • 2014
    Age 51
    In April 2014, Courtney Love confirmed that she had been rehearsing new material with Erlandson, Schemel, and Auf der Maur, and that a reunion of the 1994 lineup of the band was being prepared.
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  • 2012
    Age 49
    Erlandson has studied Creative Writing for the last several years. He released Letters to Kurt, his first book of prose poetry in the form of letters to his friend Kurt Cobain, in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The book expresses his opinions on his own life and the society he lives in, as well as his experiences with Hole, his relationship with Kurt, Courtney Love, the grunge scene, grief, sex, suicide and spirituality. He also talks about the death of other loved ones, since the death of Kurt Cobain, his girlfriend and bandmate Kristen Pfaff and that of his father all occurred within less than a year, between April 1994 and March 1995. As part of a special advanced preorder promotion through Akashic Books, Erlandson also released "Cock Soup", a limited edition chapbook/photo compendium consisting of 52 photographs of ephemera that he photographed as a visual accompaniment to "Letters to Kurt". The preorder package also contained signed Polaroid-style snapshots taken by Eric Erlandson – a unique photo and inscription for each preorder package purchased, and an exclusive CD outtake of demos for the upcoming soundtrack to the book.
    In April 2012, Courtney Love joined Erlandson, bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, and drummer Patty Schemel onstage for the first time in 15 years at the after party for the premiere of Schemel's documentary entitled Hit So Hard.
    More Details Hide Details The band played two songs that evening, "Miss World" from the band's hit album Live Through This and a cover of The Wipers song "Over the Edge".
    While studying creative writing, Erlandson published a book titled Letters to Kurt in 2012, consisting of free-form and stream-of-consciousness poetry.
    More Details Hide Details Erlandson was born on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and raised in San Pedro, California. He is of Swedish, German, and Irish descent and related to Martin Luther. During his college years, he worked for the now-defunct Licorice Pizza record store chain. Erlandson studied economics with a minor in marketing at Loyola Marymount University, where his father, Theodore Erlandson, served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • 2010
    Age 47
    In 2010, he noted that he has "new musical projects in the works."
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  • 2007
    Age 44
    In 2007, Erlandson formed an improvisational music project, RRIICCEE, with his neighbor Vincent Gallo.
    More Details Hide Details The band toured the United States and Canada, and performed at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Erlandson has since left the group.
  • 1999
    Age 36
    Auf der Maur left the group in 1999 to pursue other musical projects and on May 22, 2002, Erlandson and Love disbanded Hole through their official website noting that they would "no longer record or tour together."
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Love announced that her upcoming solo album, Nobody's Daughter, was being released under the name Hole and described the band's reunion, which included Love's guitarist Micko Larkin replacing Erlandson. Auf der Maur was first to respond to the news, describing it as "jeopardising a real Hole reunion" and Erlandson stated that he and Love "have a contract", which was later revealed to be a contract preventing either from reforming Hole without mutual involvement. In a later interview, just days before the expected release of Hole's Nobody's Daughter, Erlandson explained how "Courtney's management convinced me that it was all hot air and that she would never be able to finish her album. Now I'm left in an uncomfortable position." Neither Love nor Erlandson have commented on the reunion further.
  • 1998
    Age 35
    Hole released their third studio album, Celebrity Skin, in 1998, with Erlandson co-producing the record.
    More Details Hide Details More pop-oriented than their previous albums, the album was a commercial success and was the last material by Hole to feature Erlandson.
  • 1996
    Age 33
    During Hole's hiatus in 1996, Erlandson formed a short-lived side project, Rodney & the Tube Tops, with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and various other musicians.
    More Details Hide Details The project dissolved shortly after releasing the single "I Hate the '90's". He also co-produced the Sympathy for the Record Industry release "Milk Carton" by The Grown Ups, a raw riot of an album by a group of 14-year-old girls from Santa Monica, California.
  • 1991
    Age 28
    Love, Erlandson and Roberts were later joined by drummer Caroline Rue and third guitarist Mike Geisbrecht, and this line-up performed Hole's first live performances. A new line-up, with new bassist Jill Emery and without Geisbrecht, recorded their debut album, Pretty on the Inside, in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details After achieving underground success in the United Kingdom, Emery left the band in February and Rue in April, 1992. With new members Patty Schemel and Kristen Pfaff, Hole signed a contract with their new label DGC in 1992 and, a year later, began touring and recording for their sophomore and major label debut, Live Through This. The album, ranked by Time magazine as one of the top 100 albums of all time, received unanimous critical acclaim and is Hole's most successful record to date.
  • 1989
    Age 26
    In mid-1989, Erlandson responded to an advertisement placed by Courtney Love in Recycler, a local classified ad paper.
    More Details Hide Details Erlandson describes the band's first rehearsal session, which featured original bassist Lisa Roberts, as: These two girls show up dressed completely crazy, we set up and they said, "okay, just start playing something." I started playing and they started screaming at the top of their lungs for two or three hours. Crazy lyrics and screaming. I said to myself, "most people would just run away from this really fast." But I heard something in Courtney's voice and lyrics.
  • 1988
    Age 25
    In the early days of Hole, Erlandson worked for Capitol Records, where he managed Paul McCartney's, Tina Turner's, and various other artists' royalties. In 1988, Erlandson travelled Europe for a number of months "trying to decide what he wanted to do with his life."
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  • 1963
    Age 0
    Born on January 9, 1963.
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