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Editorial 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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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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5 out of 5 stars
By james on 10-24-17

Wow, must read for anyone who has been struggling.

I can't believe it, I bought this book on a whim to see life from somewhere different(my curiosity at work). It turned out to be among the best of books I have ever experienced, and ironically, instead of being shown a different life from a different point of view I truly felt as if I was being shown MY whole life from a different point of view.
To me, this book has been a voice for anyone struggles with taking back control of their life from manipulation, co-dependency, nervous disorder, or just plain lives in retreat from fear.
Bravo Joey Kramer, you are an inspiration to me like never before. Thank you for being so human and vulnerable in writing this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SAW1966 on 03-13-16

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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