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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (157 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joey Kramer Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780061902314
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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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  • “Holter Graham reads this like an insider, giving Kramer’s bittersweet words a hard-boiled quality that underscores the message of his cautionary tale: Fame ain't all it's cracked up to be.”   

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 2/12/2014

    " As an Aerosmith fan since my teens, I really, really wanted to like this book a lot. Most of it, save for childhood stuff, is rehashed stuff from "Walk this Way." Though there were more details about more recent times. "Walk this Way" was definitely better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy37 | 2/3/2014

    " This was by far one of the better autobiographies that I have read. He is very concise and gets right down to it without blame or bitterness. Really good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 1/29/2014

    " I'm not sure when I started reading this book what I expected, but it wasn't the story I ended up reading. I have been a fan of Aerosmith for years and have been lucky enough to have seen them in concert. I have also enjoyed books on the music heros of mine. But there was more to this story than just the rise/fall/ and rise again of Aerosmith and Joey Kramer. There is a gut wrenching story about his battle with depression and the excesses of being a rock star. Also he put acrossed very well how he felt as an outsider most if not all of his life. I walk away from this thinking highly of the man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2014

    " Ah, the excesses of the rock 'n roll lifestyle. He may be clean and sober, but the grandiosity has not left his personality. Good for people who are into drumming and Aerosmith fans "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cloud Jumpa | 1/19/2014

    " I've never read a rock biography before! It's so interesting to learn the back story about one of your favorite bands! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/13/2014

    " Love that this sidesteps the addiction memoir/rock bio cliches. Very well-written, flows nicely, and conveys a tremendous amount of honesty and sincerity. Enjoying the hell out of this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kokolani Missett | 1/12/2014

    " Hmmmm! Interesting but I've read better... It got a little boring when he went in to so much detail about drum playing and drummers. If you're not into drummers, the last 1/4 of the book is a snooze... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 11/10/2013

    " Not your usual rocker's recovery memoir. Kramer recounts his breakdown and depression that stemmed from the various abusive relationships he was involved in, first with his father and then Steven Tyler. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 10/24/2013

    " Joey Kramer, drummer for Aerosmith, gives very few details in this account of his life-long struggle with addiction and depression. If you're looking for "backstage" insight into the world of 70's rock, skip this superficial biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pixismiler | 10/7/2013

    " Easy read. I like that he was able to lay it all out there on the table. The last paragraph really makes the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/28/2013

    " I really did enjoy learning about Aerosmith. I love memoirs and I love Aerosmith and I learned about the drummer. If you are a fan this is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/21/2013

    " It was an interesting story. It takes alot of courage to share a story such as his!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Ward | 3/30/2013

    " Memoir by the drummer for Aerosmith. He means well, but he adds nothing new (or of interest)to the subject. Shallow doesn't begin to sum this one up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luis R. | 3/14/2013

    " Not half bad, but more about the emotional journey of his time in Aerosmith rather than an inside look into the making of their records or live show. I'm a little disappointed that he didn't write about some of the later recording sessions in Aerosmith's career. Overall, it's just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deyara | 2/20/2013

    " Interesting. A bit slow in some places, but overall an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler Brockman | 8/18/2012

    " i think this book is really good seems how that this is his life story .it is very volger and shows that people can change their bad habits. this guy has put him self though hell and back to make himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 10/27/2011

    " Written like one might speak. interesting true story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Williams | 9/29/2011

    " This book was an easy read. There were a few good stories. No revelations or surprises. If you are an Aerosmith fan, check it out. If you aren't skip it. There really isn't anything memorable here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 8/19/2011

    " It took to the last two chapters to see that Joey really got his act together. It was interesting to see how Aerosmith lived and the fact that Steven Tyler has quite a few obstacles too. Amazing that people who make soooo much money can let drugs get in their way.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis Coverston | 7/26/2011

    " Really enjoyed this audio book about the Aerosmith drummer. Gives great detail and emotion about what he went through in the band and battles he faced with drugs and rehab. A few chapters were slow, but life isn't 100% fast paced either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy37 | 2/13/2011

    " This was by far one of the better autobiographies that I have read. He is very concise and gets right down to it without blame or bitterness. Really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/16/2010

    " I really did enjoy learning about Aerosmith. I love memoirs and I love Aerosmith and I learned about the drummer. If you are a fan this is interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luis | 10/21/2010

    " Not half bad, but more about the emotional journey of his time in Aerosmith rather than an inside look into the making of their records or live show. I'm a little disappointed that he didn't write about some of the later recording sessions in Aerosmith's career. Overall, it's just ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 9/15/2010

    " Memoir by the drummer for Aerosmith. He means well, but he adds nothing new (or of interest)to the subject. Shallow doesn't begin to sum this one up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 8/12/2010

    " Love that this sidesteps the addiction memoir/rock bio cliches. Very well-written, flows nicely, and conveys a tremendous amount of honesty and sincerity. Enjoying the hell out of this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 6/5/2010

    " Not your usual rocker's recovery memoir. Kramer recounts his breakdown and depression that stemmed from the various abusive relationships he was involved in, first with his father and then Steven Tyler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/23/2009

    " It was an interesting story. It takes alot of courage to share a story such as his!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 8/1/2009

    " Ah, the excesses of the rock 'n roll lifestyle. He may be clean and sober, but the grandiosity has not left his personality. Good for people who are into drumming and Aerosmith fans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/18/2009

    " It took to the last two chapters to see that Joey really got his act together. It was interesting to see how Aerosmith lived and the fact that Steven Tyler has quite a few obstacles too. Amazing that people who make soooo much money can let drugs get in their way.... "

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About the Author
Author Joey Kramer

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.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks and earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, his film credits include Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, and The Diversion, a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in Army Wives, Damages, As the World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order, and New York Undercover. He received a BA degree from Skidmore College and an MFA from Vermont College.