- 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)
Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top Hardcover – Jul 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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Quality book if you like reading rock stars autobiography's this is a must read.and as always the amazon service is second to none.Published 21 months ago by martin jackson
A large part of what I could write here has already been covered in my review of Steven Tyler's equally disgraceful book (e.g. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mr. David Watson