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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time Paperback – December 4, 2007
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Sheffield is as deft writing about love as he is about music, which is saying an awful lot; he expertly captures the thrill and helplessness of falling in love, and his worship of Renee is heart-achingly poignant. Anyone who reads this and doesn't identify with Sheffield's powerful descriptions of fully giving his heart to another, and of loving someone to the point of fear (of losing oneself, of not being able to keep the other safe enough, of recognizing the other will be on hand to witness your inevitable worst), should leave his current relationship and immediately begin searching for the true "right one."
It's all about the music, though, descriptions of which are shored up by Sheffield's encyclopedic knowledge of songs and the artists who make them. Mix tapes are described in general (the Break Up tape, the Fall In Love tape, etc.Read more ›
Rob Sheffield & Renee Crist were contributers to the SPIN ALTERNATIVE RECORD GUIDE. A book I've kept close at hand for years and referenced time and time again. It's led me to bands like The Wipers & The Only Ones. For which I'm eternally grateful. I haven't always agreed with Rob. In fact, once upon a time, I sent a spiteful diatribe to him because he used the word "miasma" to describe the sound of a Jane's Addiction song in a Rolling Stone review. I was too young then to freely admit that sometimes I like a little noxious foreboding in my Zeppelin spawns. Rob, I take it all back.
I was unaware that Rob & Renee were married, or that Renee had passed in a sad & sudden manner. This book is their story told through the hiss & crackle of mix tapes. It's also about the journey from adolescence to adulthood and the music that gets you there. It is so gut-wrenching and, by turns, hysterical you devour it in one sitting and if you (like me)have any of your old mix-tapes around, you'll dig them up immediately. You'll play them and they will caress and maim you...or at the very least show you how much you've grown.
It's hard for me to imagine anyone reading this book not being extremely moved. However, I know people for whom music is just background noise. They don't listen to it. They just consume it. These people have never made a mix-tape for anyone. These people are not my friends. These people have no soul.Read more ›
Sheffield's writing is crisp and edgy enough to hold your attention. He is never maudlin, yet his despair over his wife's death is evident. Even though I knew from the beginning of the book that Renee died, I was still stunned when I actually read that chapter. Sheffield evokes such a tangible energy and vibrant personality that I found it incomprehensible that Renee could be dead.
Love is a Mix Tape serves as much more than a memorial; it is an explosive celebration of life and an affirmation of the power of music to bind people together.
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This man's writing is some of the most beautiful and true wording I've ever read. My book is in tatters from where I've read it and loaned it to people. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rachel
In parts difficult to read because of the raw honest truth and heartbreaking story but ultimately completely beautiful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emma Ledger
A wonderfully tale narrated through the author's experiences with music. Grips you from the start. Rob Sheffield knows how to vividly set a scene in writing.Published 5 months ago by Patricia
Recently bought this book and read again after having been introduced to Sheffield by a friend a few years back. It was just as good the second time around. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dave Kolb
Using music as both a backdrop and points of emphasis and pressure this story unfolds and socks you in the gut with sorrow. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frank Zgrabik
Love is a Mix Tape is part memoir, part love story. It's the heartbreaking yet fun memoir of Mr. Sheffield's marriage, which ended in tragedy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeanne Bean
As much an ode to his deceased wife as to the era of cassette tapes, Love is a Mix Tape is heartfelt and nostalgic recounting of a couple in love with music and with each other. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John H. Matthews
Loved it. Sad but lots of joy. Great writing. Great songs.
You will be deeply moved by this fine book.