Hit Hard

  • by Joey Kramer
  • Narrated by Holter Graham
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


Audible Editor Reviews

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- SAW1966

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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- Joey McNew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio