Heavy: A Memoir Of Wyoming, Bmx, Drugs, And Heavy Fucking Music by J. J. AnselmiHeavy: A Memoir Of Wyoming, Bmx, Drugs, And Heavy Fucking Music by J. J. Anselmi

Heavy: A Memoir Of Wyoming, Bmx, Drugs, And Heavy Fucking Music

byJ. J. Anselmi

Paperback | February 5, 2016

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In twenty heavy chapters, this book chronicles Anselmi's experiences growing up as a straight edge, BMX-riding metalhead in Rock Springs, Wyoming, a place with one of the highest per capita suicide rates in the United States. His grandpa was a well-known businessman and politician in the area, and was featured in a 1977 60 Minutes episode for his alleged connections to organized crime. This is only the beginning of Anselmi's heavy saga, and it interweaves all of the social and personal history one might expect from a story like this-including Black Sabbath, Pantera, and Metallica logo tattoos, explorations in LSD, metal, and BMX culture, self-loathing and sobriety, and-finally-a very unique perspective on what it means to live in a heavy fucking world.
J. J. Anselmi teaches undergraduate writing at CSU Fresno, and also works as the assistant nonfiction editor of The Normal School . His work has appeared in Copper Nickel, Jackson Hole Review, and The Writing Disorder . He lives in Fresno, CA.
Title:Heavy: A Memoir Of Wyoming, Bmx, Drugs, And Heavy Fucking MusicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.73 inPublished:February 5, 2016Publisher:Rare Bird BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940207509

ISBN - 13:9781940207506


Editorial Reviews

Heavy has a grainy, thrash-music quality to it. On its surface, Anselmi's story is that of an angry, white-trash kid (he admits this in his book) who never had the chance to fall from grace because grace never lifted him that high; beneath that it's a book about control, and why destruction equals power for those who feel powerless." - The Paris Review "Anselmi... gravitates toward heavy metal and BMX, embracing each macho subculture like a faith, before plunging into a years-long murk of booze, tattoos, drugs, and self-hate." - VICE "Men of power or cultural relevance in past centuries have gone to great lengths to either declare their schemes as beneficial for everyone or to claim that certain crimes were not their fault... The author of Heavy takes a different path. His approach to past actions seems so brutally honest, it blows my mind." - DIG BMX "J.J. Anselmi has found the shady side of Wyoming - in fact, he grew up in it." SLUG Magazine "Much of the book takes place in dingy bedrooms and basements, interspersed with forays into Rock Springs history: Anselmi's own grandfather, for example, who was investigated by 60 Minutes for mob ties; the 1885 Rock Springs massacre, in which white railroad workers murdered 28 Chinese immigrants; the periodic appearance of sinkholes when abandoned mine shafts beneath Rock Springs yawn open like pits to hell." - High Country News "What's that AA bullshit about a deep moral inventory? Anselmi is truly fearless for writing a memoir with this level of honesty. It's bleak and it's lonely and it's a book I'll never forget. It's rare that I read something that has such a profound effect on me." - Crimespree Magazine "