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Hit Hard Audiobook
Hit Hard
Written by: 
Joey Kramer
Narrated by: 
Holter Graham
Hit Hard Audiobook

Hit Hard

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Joey Kramer, the drummer in one of the most popular rock bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Aerosmith, has undoubtedly lived the rock-and-roll life. And like many who've charted these mythically self-destructive waters, he's been to the brink and back. This memoir puts it all in perspective from the point of view of the shy teenager whose love-hate relationship with his father instilled in him so much self-doubt that even years of stardom, and years of addiction, did little to overcome it. 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.

Publisher's Summary

In 1997, amid Aerosmith's sold-out world tour and number one album release, Joey revealed in an interview his ongoing struggles with depression. The response from fans and people battling those same internal demons was overwhelming. Joey 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.

Hit Hard unpacks the history of a rock star who 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. 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.

©2009 Joey Kramer; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Shaun Webb 03-13-16
    Shaun Webb 03-13-16
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    "Joey bares his soul."
    Would you listen to Hit Hard again? Why?

    Yes, because I have been suffering from most of the same problems that Joey and millions of people suffer with.


    What other book might you compare Hit Hard to and why?

    While this is not a self-help book, it serves that purpose in a different way. So books describing Anxiety and Depression.


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved his easy going inflections and enthusiastic attitude.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Joey burst into tears...very moving. I feel his pain.


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    Joey McNew 06-30-15
    Joey McNew 06-30-15
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    "Highly recommend for anyone!"

    This book was really interesting from the very first chapter. By being a drummer that was and is currently dealing with some of the same issues and with the same first name, there was not a chance I would miss this book and for me to never give it any thought when I heard that Joey Kramer had a book. I've been through this audio version for the 3rd time now. A must read or listen for anyone.

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    Wendy 02-01-15
    Wendy 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A story full of raw emotion and personal resolution"

    I loved reading the account of Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer's life. I thought his book was an honest account of coming to terms with life regardless of talent, celebrity, drugs and all the other parts of life one generally encounters. Joey takes through his life from the early days. We meet his parents, his friends, his mentors and his enemies. We learn his struggles and his triumphs. The book is well written and told from his personal experience. I like how he accepts responsibility and does the work to overcome severe issues. Inspiring to listen to this.

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    steve 01-28-15
    steve 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    Joeys honesty and struggle in his life were portrayed beautifully in this book. Highly recommend. My only complaint is that it's too short.

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    Kristine Waltham, MA, USA 07-10-09
    Kristine Waltham, MA, USA 07-10-09
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    "What a Memoir!"

    This was a "no holds barred" biography of Joey Kramer. He really gets deep down inside himself and sometimes it was hard for me to listen to how much pain this guy endured in his life! My hats off to Joey and I can only hope that he has truly found peace in his life.

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    gary 01-23-13
    gary 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Poor Joey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, only if you are an Aerosmith fan & a drummer like me


    Any additional comments?

    never knew Joey was in this condition

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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