Jerry Lee Lewis
Reviews By Devin "giving critiquing a whirl" Miller
"Jerry Lee Lewis Rocks"
By Robert Palmer/Published 1984
"JLL Rocks" is a brief, but unique book on Jerry Lee Lewis. Written by noted rock critic Robert Palmer, "JLL Rocks" is packed full of candid pictures, interviews, and anecdotes on Jerry Lee Lewis. I consider a sort of montage biography. If you can find this book...buy it. I believe it is out of print. A must for any Jerry Lee Lewis fan.
By Nick Tosches/Published in 1982
Hellfire is considered by most to be the definitive biography on Jerry Lee Lewis. The main thrust of this bio is JLL's struggle with good and evil. For the Killer its either the Church on Sunday or the Honky Tonks on Saturday....You have a choice....one or the other...never both..Heaven or Hell. Much like the Hank Williams Sr. biography "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Chet Flippo, Toches attempts to delve deep into Lewis's psyche by using Lewis's thoughts to give intimate insights to the reader. The obvious problem with this technique is that Tosches, or anyone besides Jerry Lee Lewis, doesn't really know what actually goes through the mind of the Killer. Furthermore, Tosches may be projecting a fantasy of what he needs Jerry Lee Lewis to be into the mix. In the end "Hellfire" is a superbly written biography that creates a tragic myth out of a man.
"Great Balls of Fire The Uncensored Story of Jerry Lee Lewis"
By Myra Lewis and Murray Silver/Published 1989
If you have seen the movie "Great Balls of Fire" then you might expect the book on which it was based to be of the same compromised quality. Contrary; out of all the many biographies I have read on JLL, I have found "Great Balls of Fire" to be the most sympathetic and balanced bio so far. Mrya continues to show empathy towards her ex-husband while still retaining blunt honesty a biography requires.
"Rockin' My Life Away: Listening to Jerry Lee Lewis"
By Jimmy Guterman / Published 1991