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Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top Hardcover – June 30, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Fourth Edition edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061566608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061566608
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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“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)

“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, author of The Heroin Diaries) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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Thank you for sharing the heartfelt, often traumatic struggle of your personal journey with your fans.
Terry Kopinak
This is a eye opening look at the consequences of overbearing physically abusive relationship's, and the effects that type of behavior has on you well into adulthood.
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I don't know exactly what I expected when I began to read "Hit Hard," Joey Kramer's "Story of Hitting Rock Bottom from the Top."
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Laura on June 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I don't know exactly what I expected when I began to read "Hit Hard," Joey Kramer's "Story of Hitting Rock Bottom from the Top." As an avid Aerosmith fan, I assumed there would be a fair dose of fascinating Aerosmith history, including various tales of overindulgence in sex, drugs and whatever else comes with being a huge rock star. While the book does not disappoint in that respect, it is so much more. No question Joey is an interesting guy who seemed to have had a great life, but you would have no idea how truly difficult his life was, or how real and honest he is, until you read this book.

I never knew very much about Joey Kramer personally, as other band members tend to take center stage and news about the band is often news about them. He is obviously an incredibly talented drummer, who carries the band forward in a hard rocking style that is pretty much unmatched by any other band I have ever heard. In live performances by Aerosmith, you can't fail to notice how central Joey's role is: every band member at one time or another gravitates over to stand by Joey, as if to more closely connect to the center of the band's power. But other than knowing that Joey, as all the other "bad boys" of Aerosmith, had abused drugs and alcohol, that he was responsible for the band's name, and seemed to have been married forever to his lovely wife April, I knew virtually nothing about his backgound or his life.

The book begins with a stunning foreward by Nikki Sixx (whose own recent memoir, "Heroin Diaries," was as raw and painful as it gets), which helps to prepare one emotionally for what is to follow.
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Before I read "Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top" I always thought of Joey Kramer as the drummer of the band Aerosmith and I didn`t think much more of him, his bandmates Steven Tyler and Joe Perry always got the attention so Kramer was never really in the spotlight. He was pretty much just there and we rarely heard anything about him. When Kramer`s biography came out in 2009 I read it out of curiosity, wanting to learn more about Joey and read what his life was like. I was shocked at how hard and painful his life must have been, I just assumed he was happy because he looked happy, it wasn`t necessarily the case. Kramer has been emotionally troubled since he was a child and for a long time lived a life of addiction and lies. He`s a rockstar today but underneath the success, recognition and fame was a sad and miserable clown still affected by the emotional and physical damage his family and more specifically his father did to him as a child and a teenager. Kramer will be the first to admit that he didn`t know how to deal with his problems so he hid them in drugs and alcohol for most of his life. Hit Hard is an interesting story and Joey had a lot of courage just writing this book, as Motley Crue`s Nikki Sixx said "Joey had the balls to see what`s underneath the hood and fix it. Being a rockstar was easy compared to that".

Kramer goes into important events of his life and how they affected him. He talks about his childhood and the abuse he suffered at the hands of his dad, his teenage years when he discovered music, girls, alcohol and drugs and drumming. Then he goes into the relationships he had with various people and how he left home as a teenager, went to College in Boston became the drummer for Aerosmith and made it big.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve A on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.
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