Kenny Aronoff — who is currently in his fourth decade as one of the music industry’s busiest and most prolific working drummers, both onstage and in the studio — has written a book about his life in music. His newly published autobiography from Backbeat Books, Sex, Drums, Rock ’ n’ Roll: The Hardest Hitting Man In Show Business ($29.99), with a foreword written by Neil Peart, chronicles Aronoff’s multi-faceted journey from his youth in Massachusetts, when he discovered The Beatles and Ringo Starr, to his years as a serious and accomplished student of classical and jazz studies, to his breakout success in rock and roll with John Mellencamp in the 1980s, eventually becoming an in-demand drummer for top-caliber artists.


Over his professional career, Aronoff has recorded and toured with the likes of Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, The Smashing Pumpkins, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Puddle of Mudd, Avril Lavigne, Joe Cocker, B. B. King, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Martin, Santana, Trey Anastasio, Michelle Branch, Vince Gill, Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood, Patti LaBelle, George Jones, and many others.

In 340 pages, Aronoff’s recollections and creative insights into the art of drumming and working with the world’s best musicians as both a leader and a bandmember are accompanied by rarely seen photos, testimonials from major artists and from those who know him best, a chronology of live performances, and a discography.

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