Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top

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"I Love This Book; this is an important book, because it's not bullshit.

Joey Had The Balls to see what's underneath the hood, and to fix it. Being a rock star was easy compared to that."

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Overview

"I Love This Book; this is an important book, because it's not bullshit.

Joey Had The Balls to see what's underneath the hood, and to fix it. Being a rock star was easy compared to that."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Being a rock star in the music business oftentimes is not all it's cracked up to be, as Aerosmith drummer Kramer aptly shares in his memoir. Much of the story centers on his drug and alcohol abuse, and his love/hate relationship with his father, his wife and bandmember Steven Tyler. He delves sporadically into the discovery of his own musicianship and creation of his sound, but the main theme is recovery-as an addict and again as a sober but emotionally unhealed man who suffers a nervous breakdown: "I felt like someone was peeling back my skin, ripping off scar tissue." Having been with Aerosmith since its inception and naming the band himself, Kramer recounts climbing to the top of the musical ladder, the fall from grace and virtual disappearance of the band to the climb back up, but this is not an autobiography of the band. It's a sideman taking front and center. If "sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll' is what you want, it's what you'll get in these photo-laden pages. Although the tale is a predictable one, Kramer's style is honest, straightforward and pulls no punches. (July)

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The story of Kramer, drummer of the legendary rock band Aerosmith, follows the familiar rock star trajectory of childhood musical talent, struggling early years, a stratospheric rise to fame, spiraling drug addiction, and the inevitable comeback and sobriety in middle age. Kramer's tale is somewhat distinctive in that during Aerosmith's resurgent years, he fell into a deep depression. Kramer focuses on his personal life—a difficult relationship with his father, dealing with fame and riches, and the near breakdown that he suffered in the late 1990s. Using the language of therapy and recovery, he writes about the "gift of desperation" that eventually led to healing and happiness and his wish to share his story with others who might be suffering from similar issues. VERDICT Readers hoping for a more comprehensive discussion of Aerosmith's songs, albums, and concerts may want to start with Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, but devoted fans of the band will certainly want to read Kramer's book, as he is the first member to publish his own memoir (lead singer Steven Tyler's is scheduled for this fall).—Jim Collins, Morristown-Morris Twp. P.L., NJ


—Jim Collins
Nikki Sixx
"I love this book; this is an important book, because it’s not bullshit. Joey had the balls to see what underneath the hood, and to fix it. Being a rock star was easy compared to that."
—From the Foreword by NIKKI SIXX
“I love this book; this is an important book, because it’s not bullshit. Joey had the balls to see what underneath the hood, and to fix it. Being a rock star was easy compared to that.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616847807
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joey Kramer is the legendary drummer with the most successful band in American history—Aerosmith. Since 1970 he and his partners have sold over 150 million albums, and today their multigenerational, global audience is bigger than ever. In addition to the Grammys and the twenty-one multiplatinum albums, Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and they are the subject of several documentaries, including a film dedicated to Joey and his lasting influence, called It's About Time. Joey lives south of Boston, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Scared Shitless 1

1 Two Impostors - Love and Abuse 17

2 Is That a Belt in Your Hand or are You Happy to See Me? 37

3 Brown Rice and Carrots 61

4 Nothin' So Good There Ain't Some Bad in It 81

5 Drug Addicts Dabbling in Music 103

6 I Never Met a Drug I Didn't Like: Has Anyone Seen My Career Lately? 125

7 One Disease, Two Disease, Three Disease More 147

8 Dear Dad 173

9 Nothing So Bad There Ain't Some Good in It 195

10 Now That That's Over ... 213

11 Epilogue: From Ten 'Til Now 235

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