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

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by Joey Kramer
     
 

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“If ‘sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll’ is what you want, it’s what you’ll get in these photo-laden pages. Kramer’s style is honest, straightforward and pulls no punches.”
— Publishers Weekly

Cash meets The Heroin Diaries in Hit Hard: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer’s

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“If ‘sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll’ is what you want, it’s what you’ll get in these photo-laden pages. Kramer’s style is honest, straightforward and pulls no punches.”
— Publishers Weekly

Cash meets The Heroin Diaries in Hit Hard: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer’s moving and inspiring story of fighting personal demons, as well as a wildly glamorous, crazy, drug-addled, behind-the-drum-set look at one of the greatest bands in rock n’ roll history. From never-before-told Aerosmith war stories across their entire 40 year career to Joey’s own struggles with addiction and depression, Hit Hard is only the second authorized biography of the band—following the New York Times bestseller Walk This Way—and the first autobiography from any Aerosmith band member.

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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.”
—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.”
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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Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061566622
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Pages:
239
Sales rank:
474,907
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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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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Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
SteveA More than 1 year ago
This book really made me see things about myself that I didn't realize until I read it. I think Joey did a great justice to himself and others by writing it. I must admit that had he not been a member of Aerosmith I most likely would not have read it. Aerosmith has always been my favorite group and I enjoy learning things about them. Well, I did learn a lot about Joey and them and myself. Joey and I have some things in common and the way he explained them was so insightful that it prevented me from putting the book down at times. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to his story, except for the fame and money, of course. Growing up in the 50's and 60's was a LOT tougher than it is today and Joey was a good example of that. Actions spoke louder than words when it came to discipline. His father's treatment of him had a huge impact on his life. Some parents don't realize the effects their actions have on their kids. Tough love hurts. Parents should read this as a 'how not to raise your kids' kind of book. I'm glad Joey lived to tell his story. The drugs and alcohol were out of control and could have taken his life. Not many people-especially rock stars- live to say they've been to the edge and returned with a mission. I sincerely commend Joey for expressing all of his emotions and sharing his rocky life with us. Fame and money are nothing compared to happiness and sanity. Joey seems to have found his and if not, he's definitely on his way. Maybe he'll have a follow up book to tell us. Don't expect a lot about the band itself. This is Joey's story and how his life affected the band and vice versa. If you want to know about the band itself, read 'Walk This Way'. Another good read.
D262PG More than 1 year ago
This was a terrific and easy read. I sat down after work one day to begin reading this book and didn't put it down until I had finished it that night. The text is interspersed with numerous photos, so it was a short 235 pages. Joey Kramer gives us an honest and open look at his life. It must have been cathartic for him to put down on paper the horrific aspects of growing up in a physically and psychologically abusive home. Naturally, as an Aerosmith fan I found the inside details of how the band started and evolved and the "war stories" of life as rock stars fascinating too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The confusion between love and abuse, seems to be a universal problem, and is certainly something I can relate to. Reading this book has helped me to get a better understanding of the importance of changing the way I see myself in the world and that, has already helped me to feel safer in the universe. THIS IS A GIFT FROM JOEY AND EVERYONE WHO IS FORTUNATE TO READ IT!
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Sabru More than 1 year ago
Great story. Very well written with a chronological flow that ties it all together for the reader. This is not a story about Aerosmith, but a story about their drummer, told from deep inside the heart and soul of the band's troubled and underated drummer. I read this book easily each night and finished in less than a week, it's that good! Kudos to Joey Kramer for laying it all out there, and congrats to him for rising out of the darkness of his past. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a true Aerofanatic, you will inhale this book about Joey Kramer. It is not often that you get inside of the other members of Aerosmith beside Steven. Don't get me wrong, i love Steven. This is one of my favorite books and recommend it to any rock music lover. It is a quick read and he keeps you turning the pages. I could not put it down. Kudos to Joey Kramer for letting the world and his fans inside of his world.
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dugmug More than 1 year ago
Joey Kramer's book is good and his life is very interesting. Definitely worthy of reading.... Loved it!
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I liked Joey from page 1. Came across as a truly sweet sensitive guy with alot of pain. A few chapters had me in tears. A plus to this book is you start to learn so much about the process of healing. Absolutely loved it! Sorry I finished the book. I could have kept reading!
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Beneath unnecessary pofanity, this was a strongly thought-provoking story that makes us really think about life and how delicate life is. It also brings us to remember how real the problem of drug abuse is in today's society, real people go through this every day and it brings us back to the reality of why we need to be careful of what we put into our bodies, because that can affect our future forever... as well as those around us. Kramer makes it clear that there is always something to live for in life even if you may not see it and the time. Kramer goes after his dreams and refuses to give up on life and it's something we can all relate to at some low point in life.
phantomNP More than 1 year ago
I was suprised as to what a hard life he had and all of the stuff he had to go through. I am a huge Aerosmith fan!!!