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Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top Hardcover – Jul 2009

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061566608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061566608
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
For all of his riches and adulation, Kramer comes across as a very grounded man. I felt that the book was too short (I easily read it in a day) and lacking detail. I'd be interested to learn why he dislikes Jimmy Crespo so much, he barely tells us why he considers him a 'fill in guitar player' not worth naming, or tells us why all of Aerosmith's other guitarists (Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Ray Tabano, Rick Dufay, Richie Supa) are in the thanks list at the back of the book, yet Crespo is not. I guess there is a story to tell, but maybe he fears litigation?

Kramer doesn't seek sympathy for any of his issues, he gives us a very good insight into how he feels. However, the book barely touches on Aerosmith's 70's heyday. He tells us little about the album making process, or how they came to record such great music. Having also read 'Walk this Way' I was hoping he'd give us more of an insight into their relationships.

Frankly for what you get, Hit Hard falls short for me.
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Format: Hardcover
An interesting and intriguing insight into the life of one of the most famous drummers in the world. Who actually did not appear constantly in tabloids (as far as I remember being always seens as a more quieter one compared to his band mates)but he certainly had a lot of demons to fight with. Very emotinal read, could hardly put the book aside.
If you like the band Aerosmith, this book is a must read to get inside what happens. And it reveals a lot about Joeys personality.
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Format: Hardcover
having been a fan of Aerosmith and a fellow drummer myself for the last 20 years I was keen to read this book and get the real account of his story. For fans of the band you will not be dissapointed as he is refreshingly open and honest about what really happened. What surprised me was that like many of us he has had a long battle with depression and self esteem and has gone through a long journey of self discovery. It has totally inspired me to battle my problems and work through the issues that I have had in my life. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever had problems with self esteem and depression as it made me realise that we are not alone and anyone can suffer from it, no matter how famous. It is also a fantastic book in terms of finding out how management can not only make a band but almost destroy the band as ego and control take over. As a companion piece to the Walk this way book this is essential reading.
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Format: Paperback
A better editor could have improved this book. If interested in Aerosmith their autobiography Walk this Way is a much better read.
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