Nick Tosches, beloved music journalist and biographer, has died at the age of 69.
Tosches began writing in the 1960s alongside Lester Bangs and Richard Meltzer. Together, the three rock writers were dubbed “Noise boys” by journalist James Wolcott because of their adventurous writing styles.
Rock music journalist and one of the Noise Boys, Nick Tosches, has passed away. Tosches was known for his infamous music reviews and biographies of Dean Martin and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Throughout his career, Tosches has been a reporter for Rolling Stone, Creem, Vanity Fair and many others, including Lou Reed’s Transformer – which he described as âA real cockteaseâ– as good as Black sabbath Paranoid.
Tosches also published 15 books throughout his life, including novels and biographies. His biography of Jerry Lee Lewis in 1982, Hellfire, is one of his best-known works, along with his 1992 biography of Dean Martin, Dino: living high in the dirty business of dreams.
American music journalist Robert Christgau once described Tosches as, “a great criminal journalist whose manners are tied to Homer, Hemingway and a ’60s tit magazine that I’m not educated enough to identify, author of a comedic and biblical biography of Jerry Lee Lewis that surpasses Albert Goldman and Peter Guralnick. “
Speaking to the New York Times in 1992, Tosches described his early days as a teenager writing short stories, poetry, and book reviews for magazines.
âI remember writing things for about $ 20. What is $ 20 today? It’s not even a carton of cigarettes. When I decided to become a full-time writer, I was working at a place called – that’s right – the Lovable Underwear Company. ”
His latest book, Under Tiberius, was published in 2015.