Hard to Handle

By Steve Gorman & Steven Hyden

  • Release Date: 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4.5
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Black Crowes drummer and cofounder Steve Gorman shares the band's inside story in this behind-the-scenes biography, from their supernova stardom in the '90s to exhilarating encounters with industry legends.
For more than two decades, the Black Crowes topped the charts and reigned supreme over the radio waves, even as hair bands, grunge, and hip-hop threatened to dethrone them. With hits like "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," and "Remedy," their massive success launched them to stardom in the early '90s, earning them a place among rock royalty. They were on the cover of Rolling Stone, MTV played their videos 24/7, and Generation X rediscovered the power of classic rock and blues by digging into multi-platinum classics like Shake Your Money Maker and The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.
But stardom can be fleeting. For the Black Crowes, success slowly dwindled as the band members got caught up in the rock star world and lost sight of their musical ambition. Despite the drinking, drugs, and incessant fighting between Chris and Rich Robinson -- the angriest brothers in rock and roll, with all due respect to Oasis and the Kinks -- the band continued to tour until 2013. On any given night, they could be the best band you ever saw (or the most combative). Then, one last rift caused by Chris Robinson proved insurmountable for the band to survive. After that, the Black Crowes would fly no more.
Founding member Steve Gorman was there for all of it -- the coke- and weed-fueled tours; the tumultuous recording sessions; the backstage hangs with legends like Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and the Rolling Stones. As the band's drummer and voice of reason, he tried to keep the Black Crowes together musically and emotionally. In Hard To Handle -- the first account of this great American rock band's beginning, middle, and end -- Gorman explains just how impossible that job was with great insight, candor, and humor. They don't make bands like the Black Crowes anymore: crazy, brilliant, self-destructive, inspiring, and, ultimately, not built to last. But, man, what a ride it was while it lasted.

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  • A Long Awaited Story & Persepctive

    5
    By ChristopherK78
    I really enjoyed this book. Steve’s point of view seemed grounded and his perspective and sense of humor made the cringeworthy parts not a struggle to get through. I wish he would’ve mentioned the CourtTv part but I’ll live. Thanks for your side of the story!
  • Fascinating

    5
    By Rockydog6
    I put this down once and it was only because I had to go to work! A must have for any Crowes fan!
  • Good background and closure for hardcore fans

    5
    By Silentdriver78
    First off, SHAMC is like a family member to me. Part of my identity and musical DNA. I don’t know if this is in the class of rock biographies in which a casual fan could enjoy. Lifelong fans on the other hand will get a real catharsis out of it which is what I think Steve intended. Thanks, Gorm!
  • Great read

    5
    By PeaceofMind66
    One of the best rock books I’ve read. Steve’s tone is both insightful and funny. I couldn’t put this down. Top notch!

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