The Jerry Lee Lewis Story


'The greatest rock 'n' roll biography ever written' Rolling Stone

'You're lookin' at a livin' legend.' He said, and then fell silent for a moment. 'Y'know, that really worries me. I always thought a legend was somethin' dead.'

The tormented life of Jerry Lee Lewis is the most fabled in rock 'n' roll history.

Demon-shadowed and God-fearing, his relentless, all-consuming pursuit of self-destruction clouded his life and his music.

Born in deep south Louisiana and raised on the Old Testament, 'The Killer' was continually torn between a harsh Pentecostal God and the worship of alcohol, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Nick Tosches's electrifying account chronicles the monumental highs and lows of the ever indomitable and ever wild Jerry Lee, who rises to dizzying heights as a rock 'n' roll icon, only to lose it time and time again to his inner demons.

Searing, mythic and gloriously written, Hellfire is an evocative, audacious journey into the soul of rock 'n' roll itself.

'The finest book ever written about a rock 'n' roll performer' - Greil Marcus

'The best rock-and-roll biography ever written' - Newsday

'Probably the best, certainly the most readable, account of a rock performer's life' - Guardian

'A work of art' - The Boston Globe


  • The number one greatest music book ever

About the author

Nick Tosches

Nick Tosches was a critically acclaimed American journalist, novelist and poet. Celebrated for defining the emerging genre of rock journalism in the 1970s, he is renowned for chronicling the lives of the great icons of his time.

His biographies include Country: The Biggest Music in America, Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis, Power on Earth, Arbor House, Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams, The Devil and Sonny Liston, Where Dead Voices Gather and King of the Jews.

He is also the author of the novels Cut Numbers, Trinities, In the Hand of Dante, and Me and the Devil, and the poetry collection Chaldea and I Dig Girls. He died on 20th October 2019.
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