Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

How The Devil's Music Possessed Jerry Lee Lewis

Nick Tosches, History of Rock, The, 1981

THERE HAVE been only two figures of mythic dimension in the history of rock'n'roll. First and foremost was Elvis Presley, the guileless star-god who rendered rock'n'roll acceptable to the masses. Then came Jerry Lee Lewis, the dark angel who personified all that was hellish and fearsome in rock'n'roll.

Total word count of piece: 2519