Once upon a time, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and former Scene/Beacon Journal writer Denise Grollmus had one of those “fairy tale” rock and roll marriages: a pair of young indie-rock geeks bonding over their passion for obscure music. Grollmus was along for the ride as the Keys went from Akron obscurity to the Hippest Band in America, penning a February 2005 cover story for Scene about life on the road with the band. The two married in July 2007.
Sadly, their lives diverged as the Black Keys’ fame — and work load — increased. Grollmus and Carney divorced last year, ending a nine-year relationship that began when Grollmus was a 19-year-old Oberlin student. In a lengthy piece posted at Salon.com today titled "Snapshots From a Rock ’N' Roll Marriage," Grollmus details for voyeurs the innocent joys of their early days together and the long, slow, painful dissolution of their relationship accompanied by fights, heavy drinking, and infidelity. There are no fairy tales, kids.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.