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Drummer of Aerosmith tell-all

By Jessica Schneider Jun 26, 2009, 16:57 GMT

Drummer of Aerosmith tell-all

"I\'d played my drums in front of eighty thousand screaming fans and passed out in my own puke. I\'d toured in private jets, rode in limos, and had just about any girl, at any time, for any thing. I also lived in rat-infested, shithole apartments, got caught in a burning car where I sustained third-degree burns all over my body, racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, ...more

Joey Kramer has released his latest tell-all memoir, titled: “Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top.”

There is a lengthy book description, which notes:

“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.”

Published by HarperOne, the author bio reads:

Joey Kramer is the legendary drummer with the most successful band in American history-Aerosmith.  Since 1970 he and his partners have sold over 150 million albums, and today their multigenerational, global audience is bigger than ever. 

In addition to the Grammys and the twenty-one multiplatinum albums, Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and they are the subject of several documentaries, including a film dedicated to Joey and his lasting influence, called It's About Time. Joey lives south of Boston, Massachusetts. 

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