AEROSMITH Drummer Joey Kramer On New Autobiography - "I Combined The Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, Depression And Everything Else I’ve Been Through"

September 16, 2009, 12 years ago

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BackstageAxxess.com recently caught up with AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer to discuss his new book, Hit Hard - A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom From The Top. An excerpt is available below

Q: Did you take any experiences from the Aerosmith autobiography Draw The Line and incorporate them into your own book Hit Hard?

Joey: "No, not really. This is all pretty much new stuff. Well, I don’t know. This book is completely mine. I don’t really recall that much participating in the other one. So this one is about my stuff, my journey, and my experiences from being in Aerosmith, from my point of view. I find it a little bit more interesting in that I combined the drug addiction, alcoholism, depression and everything else I’ve been through into this book."

Q: You also chose Nikki Sixx to do the foreword for this. I was wondering why you chose Nikki than say, somebody you grew up with? Is it because he had experienced the same type of demons you did?

Joey: "I wanted someone who had the same experience and who was on the same page so to speak. Like it says in there he is a kindred rock and roll spirit and he has been through a lot of the same shit that I have been through, and plus we are buddies!"

Go to this location for the complete interview.

An excerpt from Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top:

"What I didn't know back then was that not only would Steven (Tyler - singer) and I - and three other guys - change the face of rock 'n' roll, but Steven himself would become my mentor as well as my hero and (one of) my demons. He would serve as a kind of surrogate father figure for me in a dysfunctional dynamic that continued the pattern of confusion I felt between love and abuse as a child. It would be a central part of our relationship - and it would torment me for years."



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