"In this candid, inspiring memoir, singer-songwriter Hassan El-Tayyab of the Bay Area’s American Nomad takes us deep into the heart of what it means to chase a creative dream. After experiencing multiple losses (family, home, love, job, self-confidence) , El-Tayyab sets out on a transcontinental quest that eventually lands him in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. His vivid descriptions capture both the vast, surreal landscapes of the Burning Man festival and the hard practice of making art. Composing Temple Sunrise is both a page turning adventure and a road map for anyone struggling to forge their way.”
-- Faith Adiele, Author of Meeting Faith: An Inward Odyssey
“Going to Burning Man for the first time can be a powerful, life-changing experience. That’s particularly true when someone is involved with building a major art installation, and even more so when that person is wrestling with personal demons and searching for a new life path…”
-- Steven T. Jones, Author of The Tribes of Burning Man: How an Experimental City in the Desert is Shaping the New American Counterculture
"If you are now or ever have been raised in a family, fallen in love with the wrong person (“Who, me? Never!” – right), written a song or wanted to, experienced Burning Man or wanted to, there’s a good chance you will enjoy this book. The author, Hassan El-Tayyab, gracefully tumbles through upheavals in his work and love life, venturing forth on a quest of self-acceptance as a songwriter and a man. Forged through the fire of pain and loss, we see our own journeys illuminated by the author’s. Unlike some others of the genre, this memoir will not leave you wanting to slap a self-indulgent young author upside the head. Hassan neither resorts to cliché nor panders to privilege. His is an urgent quest for self-acceptance as he sheds the shell that held him back from embracing his musical gift. With his writing and his music, Hassan El-Tayyab has proved himself worthy of this gift. And we are better for his sharing it with us."
--Nina Jo Smith, Blogger at ninjajosmith.com and musician