cover image Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top

Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top

Joey Kramer, . . HarperOne, $26.99 (239pp) ISBN 978-0-06-156660-8

Being a rock star in the music business oftentimes is not all it's cracked up to be, as Aerosmith drummer Kramer aptly shares in his memoir. Much of the story centers on his drug and alcohol abuse, and his love/hate relationship with his father, his wife and bandmember Steven Tyler. He delves sporadically into the discovery of his own musicianship and creation of his sound, but the main theme is recovery—as an addict and again as a sober but emotionally unhealed man who suffers a nervous breakdown: “I felt like someone was peeling back my skin, ripping off scar tissue.” Having been with Aerosmith since its inception and naming the band himself, Kramer recounts climbing to the top of the musical ladder, the fall from grace and virtual disappearance of the band to the climb back up, but this is not an autobiography of the band. It's a sideman taking front and center. If “sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll' is what you want, it's what you'll get in these photo-laden pages. Although the tale is a predictable one, Kramer's style is honest, straightforward and pulls no punches. (July)