- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (October 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312565526
- ISBN-13: 978-0312565527
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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Anyone who understands the obsessive attention to detail, the time it took to collate, select, and edit the content of a perfectly executed mix tape, or just someone who appreciated the rhythms and nuances of such extraordinary artifacts will treasure this collection of stories, comfortable and secure in the knowledge that such exquisite efforts were not made in vain and indeed there was a time when a humble cassette tape was perhaps the greatest gift of all. (Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage)
...I think that Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves is going to be the gift book of the season. (KEXP Radio)
I challenge any mix-maker to look at these glorious Maxell, Fuji, and TDK cassettes without feeling the past's dizzying tug.... This collection of nervously-written liner notes and carefully wrought playlists recalls the thrill and anxiety that came with making a tape, and by extension, with falling in love. (The New Yorker's Book Bench)
Few things induce nostalgia more than obsolete technology, especially obsolete technology associated with romantic crushes, like the analog mix-tape. For his new book, Cassette From My Ex, Jason Bitner, co-creator of Found magazine, asked more than 60 writers, artists, and others to share their most memorable mix-tape experiences. What results is a bittersweet look at a phenomenon uniquely suited to a format that no longer exists. (The AV Club)
Groovy-looking book for music geeks from Found magazine's Jason Bitner. Check out the magnificent contribution by The Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson from her high school boyfriend, John, who - along with friend and bandmate Stephin Merritt - she thanks for her musical education. (Merge Records)
Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves is a wonderful, nostalgic, charmingly obsessive ode to the mixtape in particular, to mixtapes made by ex-lovers. (Flavorwire)
About the Author
Jason Bitner is the creator of CassetteFromMyEx.com and the cocreator of FOUND magazine, an internationally acclaimed show-and-tell project celebrating found notes, letters, and other ephemera.
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If you enjoy music, ever made a mix tape for anyone, or ever been in love (which I think covers just about everyone), I think this would be a great read for you.
But I like this.
Most of the stories are good, some of them excellent. Many manage to be funny and heartfelt and honest at the same time.
But the best thing I can say about this book is that it makes me pine for those bygone pinafore days. A time before iLivingSocial and blip.fm, when kids used to AGONIZE over the perfect set to fill 90minutes of Side As and Bs. Searching and choosing and taping (and then taping over), all in the hopes that this alchemy of music, and bands and lyrics would be able to communicate all the meaning that a 17 year old vocabulary just could not.
The best thing anyone can say about a book about mix-tapes is that it makes you want to make one.
And I do.
music. Often by independent bands so the music received a wider audience. Many
touching revealing stories - at times funny & often endearing.
and it's funny.
great book, easy to pick it up and read a story or two.
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