Nick Tosches Bio
Nick Tosches was born on 23 October 1949 and died on 20 October 2019. He was an American journalist and novelist. He has died at the age of 69.
|Birth Date||23 October 1949|
|Birth Place||Newark, New Jersey|
|Death Date||20 October 2019|
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
Nicholas P. Tosches is one of the great American writers who got their start writing about music in the 1960s.
R.I.P. Nick Tosches, author of the very best celebrity biography I've ever read, "Dino." Please enjoy the God-level prose in this passage about the Dean Martin "Celebrity Roasts." pic.twitter.com/FuKKWID31D
— Will Sloan, the 6ix Dad (@WillSloanEsq) October 20, 2019
Earlier Life & Education
According to his account: Tosches barely finished high school. He had a variety of jobs, including working as a porter for his family’s business in New Jersey.
As a paste-up artist for the Lovable underwear company in New York City, and later, in the early 1970s, like a snake hunter for the Miami Serpentarium, in Florida.
A fan of early rock and roll and oddball records. He also began writing for rock music magazines, including Creem, Fusion, and Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone fired him for collaborating with Meltzer in filing record reviews under each other’s byline.
I think Nick Tosches is the greatest writer on the topic of music America has ever produced: Country, Unsung Heroes of Rock & Roll, Where Dead Voices Gather. Wild, untamed, overflowing with conviction, humor, & insight. He might be our greatest biographer as well. A titan. RIP. pic.twitter.com/tJxFybz94u
— Tony Tost (@tonytost) October 20, 2019
Nick Tosches Books
Tosches’ first book, Country: The Biggest Music in America first published in 1977. It was followed in 1982 by Hellfire, a biography of Jerry Lee Lewis, and in 1984 by Unsung Heroes of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis.
He subsequently wrote biographies of the singer and entertainer Dean Martin, the Sicilian financier Michele Sindona, the heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston, the country singer Emmett Miller, and the racketeer Arnold Rothstein.
“That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6–same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness.” —Nick Tosches pic.twitter.com/x3YSXvhGE9
— Jason P. Woodbury (@jasonpwoodbury) October 20, 2019
Work & Career
Tosches has worked as a contributing editor of Vanity Fair magazine. His work has also published in Esquire and Open City.
He has published four novels, Cut Numbers (1988), Trinities (1994), In the Hand of Dante (2002), and Me and the Devil (2012); and a collection of poetry, Chaldea and I Dig Girls (1999).
He also worked on Never Trust a Loving God, a book in collaboration with the French painter Thierry Alonso Gravleur, a friend of the writer.
He has described his literary influences as “Hesiod, Sappho, Christopher Marlowe, Ezra Pound, William Faulkner, Charles Olson, and God knows who else. A compendium, The Nick Tosches Reader, collects writings from throughout his career.
Nick Tosches wrote some classics. His Dean Martin biography, “Dino,” is an essential read on one of Hollywood’s laziest superstars. So are his books on minstrelsy and boxing. #nicktosches pic.twitter.com/wVMv2ASrBI
— Randall 🕳 Roberts (@LilEdit) October 20, 2019
Nick Tosches Death and Cause
He died on October 20, 2019, at his home in Manhattan, three days before his 70th birthday.
RIP Nick Tosches. Hellfire is the best book about rock and roll ever written. Unbelievable that Jerry Lee Lewis outlived him.
— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) October 20, 2019
Fiction and poetry
- Cut Numbers, 1988
- Trinities, 1994, St. Martin’s, ISBN 0-312-95689-4
- Chaldea and I Dig Girls, 1999
- In the Hand of Dante, 2002
- Me and the Devil, Little, Brown, 2012
- Johnny’s First Cigarette, Vagabonde, 2014
- Under Tiberius, Little, Brown, 2015
- Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1977, Da Capo Press, ISBN 0-306-80713-0
- Unsung Heroes of Rock n’ Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis, 1984 (first edition), Da Capo Press, ISBN 0-306-80891-9
- The Last Opium Den, 2002
- Never Trust a Loving God, Art Stock Books, 2009
- Save the Last Dance for Satan, Kicks Books, 2011