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.
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
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.
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.
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.
yes, only if you are an Aerosmith fan & a drummer like me
never knew Joey was in this condition
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