The Nick Tosches Reader by Nick Tosches

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Newsday has said that Nick Tosches "casts brilliant black light." The San Diego Reader has said that "Tosches's best sentences uncoil like rattlesnakes and strike with a venom that spreads poison through all the little Sunday-school ideas you've held dear." And Rolling Stone has said that "Tosches can write like a wild rockabilly raveup. He can be elegant as a slow blues." The Nick Tosches Reader is the author's own selection of his best work over the past thirty years, including fiction, poetry, interviews, rock writing, investigative journalism, and criticism. First published in major magazines, obscure underground periodicals, and his own best-selling books, many of these selections deal with rock 'n' roll and cultural icons—but there are also pieces on everything from William Faulkner to organized crime to heavyweight boxing, including the Vanity Fair feature that gave rise to Tosches's major new book on Sonny Liston, published by Little, Brown. Here is "a unique and darkly impressionistic cultural history" of the last three decades as only Nick Tosches could write it.
 

About Nick Tosches

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Nick Tosches is the author of Hellfire, Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll, Power on Earth, Cut Numbers, Dino, and Trinities.
 
Published April 7, 2000 by Da Capo Press. 624 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Where Dead Voices Gather by Nick Tosches 330pp, Jonathan Cape, £12.99 Nick Tosches is the most singularly gifted of the writers who began developing their literary muscles as music critics in rock-based periodicals over the past 50 years.

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Although the plot wobbles in and out of plausibility and the good-guy cops seem like they've wandered into the wrong book, readers nonplussed by pervasive misanthropy and gore can marvel at Tosches's detailed vision-down to the brand names of chemicals used in making heroin-and his at times extra...

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Tosches's thriller has New York's Italian Mafia battling with Asian drug lords for control of the heroin trade.

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Deftly blending the sacred and the profane, Tosches boldly casts himself as the protagonist in his latest novel, an outrageously ambitious book in which he procures a purloined version of the original manuscript of The Divine Comedy while tracing Dante's journey as Dante struggled to complete hi...

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Tosches's wide-ranging pop-cultural subjects (e.g., country music, rock 'n' roll, Dean Martin, Sonny Liston) have made him popular, as evidenced by The Nick Tosches Reader (Da Capo), culled from his 30-year career.

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(Though Tosches does tell readers how to procure a book, not yet available in the West, that he claims handles the same subject matter to a greater, grander degree.) Recounting the drug's millennial history, and somewhat surprised to find that it's scarce nowadays, Tosches, a contributing editor ...

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Tosches is best known for his 100-proof biographies of Dean Martin and Jerry Lee Lewis, and his beautifully trenchant life of the prize-fighter Sonny Liston (see review above) will arrive to the timely accompaniment of this collection from his diverse writing career, showing Tosches to be more th...

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Entertainment Weekly

Back in the early 1970s, Lester Bangs, Richard Meltzer, and Nick Tosches were longhaired young malcontents who sometimes drank together while each tried to make a living as a rock critic.

Apr 21 2000 | Read Full Review of The Nick Tosches Reader

Citylife

Ugly jagged-purfled necrotic folds of livid flesh and tissue to which one all but had to close one’s eyes.” It’s the kind of statement one makes when they want the reader to tremor, aghast, but it’s no more transgressive now than Dostoyevsky (or even Hubert Selby, whom Tosches mentions at some le...

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