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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:
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In 1997, amid Aerosmith's sold-out world tour and number one album release, word about Joey's troubles was reported in the press.Despite the advice he had received to play it down, Joey revealed in an interview his ongoing struggles with depression. The response from fans and people battling those same internal demons was overwhelming. Joey—who has been the drummer in Aerosmith since it was founded in 1970 and is the first member of the band to release his own book—now tells the complete story: the early days of the band, glamorous drug-addled events leading up to their eventual sobriety, battles within his family and among bandmates, and the explosive internal dynamics in Aerosmith that continue to unleash a fury of endless creativity.

This is not just another rock 'n' roll memoir. In addition to the never-before-told Aerosmith war stories that abound in the book, Hit Hard unpacks the history of a rock star who was both fragile and tough, who after years of insane wildness became willing to accept help and finally kick a serious alcohol and drug addiction, only to find that the real terrors and hard work were still ahead. It's the story of an average kid from an average American suburb who went through physical and emotional trauma. It's about years of depression and the nervous breakdown at the height of the band's comeback success. Ultimately, Hit Hard is about how Joey recognized his confusion between love and abuse, awakening to the kind of self-acceptance and compassion that make relationships possible in the "real world" as a member of the biggest band in American history.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 "

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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 more than 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 and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and is the subject of several documentaries, including a film dedicated to Joey and his lasting influence, called It’s About Time. Author of the memoir Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top, Kramer lives south of Boston, Massachusetts.