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Built to Burn tells the story of how Tony, a San Francisco blues musician, became Coyote, builder of Burning Man's legendary city in the desert and how he came to lead a ragtag band of circus runaways, freaks, and geeks that would become its Department of Public Works.

In 1996, Tony was making a decent living as a musician, but his creative juices had run dry: one night onstage, he realized he'd just played an entire sax solo while thinking about his laundry. So when a wild-at-heart friend invites him to something called "Burning Man", he grabs his backpack and hops in the car, unaware that the experience ahead will not only turn him inside out, but alter the course of his life.

An essential Burning Man origin story, Built to Burn chronicles the wild uncertainty and creative chaos of the early days in the desert, when the event's future was under constant threat and the organizers were making everything up as they went along. It's a tale of struggle and survival and of friends made and friends lost as Coyote and his misfit crew battle raging storms, crazed livestock, angry townsfolk, and each other, locking horns with the real-life cowboys, Indians, outlaws, and outcasts of Nevada's high-desert frontier.

Told with wry humor and a bit of cowboy philosophy, and narrated by author and storyteller Perez, Built to Burn invites the reader to experience Burning Man as it was before it got civilized, when it was as wild and untamed as anything out of the Old West.

©2020 Tony "Coyote" Perez (P)2021 Tony "Coyote" Perez

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Excellent, hilariously told.

Loved how it's being told in true storyteller format. I find myself submerged in the picturesque world of Burning Man, wanting to follow the Author on his adventures.

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Great story and great author!

Amazing to hear Coyote's story! What a legend! It's always nice to hear a story read by the author!

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Coyote is an incredible storyteller and I am so excited he did an audiobook. I hear his voice when I read the book and now I can listen. Now all I need is a campfire and a beer.