First book of essays from Navajo Headbanger, Erik Bitsui!
MOSH PIT ETIQUETTE: VOLUME ONE, SECRETS OF A 21ST CENTURY NAVAJO HEADBANGER is a collection of fractal essays by a Navajo who loves heavy metal. The memoir-esque material celebrates the sentient mind through humor and wisdom. MOSH PIT ETIQUETTE chronicles the journey of a young man, a father, a son, a grandson, a community member, a teacher, a husband, and a Five-Fingered Being.
Literary Nonfiction. Essay.
“Nothing beats it! Music is a wily art. In the Navajo Nation and beyond! Music gigs, styles, fads, favorites, big name performers! Metallica, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, others. Inclusive so! Music is art unlimited and beyond ethnic definition. You may call it 'tilted jazzy rock' with trip power! Cool with wiry hypno sound, crass energy, vivid will and go! Plus whatever so. When Navajo bass musician and poet-writer Erik Bitsui performs and writes about it in MOSH PIT ETIQUETTE, you’re there when reading it. You are there. In fact, yes, you are within there!”
—Simon Ortiz, author of Light As Light
Erik Bitsui is a Navajo from Blue Gap, Arizona. Hostíín Bitsui's maternal clan is Tangle Wood. He was born for Big Water. His maternal grandfather's clan is Two-Waters-Flowing-Together. His paternal grandfather's clan is Towering House. Bitsui received his BA in English from Northern Arizona University and was awarded an MFA degree in Creative Writing from the one writing program he wished to attend: the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Erik lives with his wife, two daughters, and two cats in Flagstaff, Arizona.