Hellfire The Jerry Lee Lewis Story Author:Nick Tosches "The one, the only, the original... the Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis... born in Ferriday. Louisiana, the heart of the Mississippi Delta; from an early age banging out a raw, untamed sound born of gospel, country-and-western, blues, and boogie-woogie. — "He rocketed to stardom as a sharp-eyed, wild-haired boy--belting out hits like "Whole Lotta Shakin'... more » Goin' On," and "Great Balls of Fire." One of the greatest rock 'n' roll showmen of all time, his performances were explosive--growling into the mike; pounding the piano with feet, head, and hands; flames leaping from his fingertips.
"Then, on a tour to London in 1957, he unveiled his new wife--his thirteen-year-old cousin, Myra Gale. Across England and America the headlines shrieked the scandal. Preachers denounced him from their pulpits, mothers feared for their daughters' virtue, and overnight Jerry Lee fell from grace.
"In following years Jerry Lee traveled America, playing honky-tonks and raising hell. Through breakups and reconciliations with wives, the death of his son, countless run-ins with the law, bouts with alcohol and drugs, destitution and riches, Jerry Lee has endured, living, as always, as a man outside the law, a man of another era--the final wild son.
"From one of America's most acclaimed young journalists comes Hellfire, a dramatic story, epic in scope, that is a compelling tale of scandal, tragedy, dissipation, love and triumph; a riveting portrait of a truly unique American and a literary tour de force in the tradition of Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson."