Love Is a Mix Tape (2020)

Love Is a Mix Tape Rob Sheffield Love Is a Mix Tape In this stunning memoir Rob Sheffield a veteran rock and pop culture critic and staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine tells the story of his musical coming of age and how rock music the first l
  • Title: Love Is a Mix Tape
  • Author: Rob Sheffield
  • ISBN: 9781400083022
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
Love Is a Mix Tape Rob Sheffield In this stunning memoir, Rob Sheffield, a veteran rock and pop culture critic and staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine, tells the story of his musical coming of age, and how rock music, the first love of his life, led him to his second, a girl named Renee Rob and Renee s life together they wed after graduate school, both became music journalists, and were married onlIn this stunning memoir, Rob Sheffield, a veteran rock and pop culture critic and staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine, tells the story of his musical coming of age, and how rock music, the first love of his life, led him to his second, a girl named Renee Rob and Renee s life together they wed after graduate school, both became music journalists, and were married only five years when Renee died suddenly on Mother s Day, 1997 is shared through the window of the mix tapes they obsessively compiled There are mixes to court each other, mixes for road trips, mixes for doing the dishes, mixes for sleeping and, eventually, mixes to mourn Rob s greatest loss The tunes were among the great musical output of the early 1990s Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, REM, Weezer as well as classics by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Mixing the skilful, tragic punch of Dave Eggers and the romantic honesty of Nick Hornby, LOVE IS A MIX TAPE is a story of lost love and the kick you in the gut energy of great pop music.
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  1. Kim

    This review s content may be confusing, annoying, trite or downright laughable to persons not born between 1965 and 1978 Hell, it may be all of that and to just about anyone Consider yourself warned.Put your thinking caps on cuz I ve got some trippin down memory lane for you Where were you when you first heard A Day in the Life What about Wild World What did you think when you finally understood the meaning of She Bop What does My Heart Will Go On mean to you Do you know where you were when you [...]

  2. Ron

    They met when they were both twenty three Rob told Renee, I ll make you a mix tape , the same thing he d told every girl he had a crush on Except this time, it worked and Rob fell hard Later, they planned to step on a cassette tape at their wedding ceremony, instead of a glass Between them, they had a love for music, bound by a love for one another Or maybe it was the other way around Renee was a real cool hell raising Appalachian punk rock chick But, the first record she record she ever owned w [...]

  3. Heather

    Love Is A Mix Tape just absolutely knocked my socks off.I devoured this book in one weekend and enjoyed every single page, heartily This is ostensibly a book about mix tapes, and looking back at a life spent seeing the world in a series of 45 minute vignettes then, of course, you flip the tape over Rob Sheffield has penned an honest yet wildly entertaining book that affected me deeply than any book I ve read in recent memory, woven throughout with a genuine and bleeding love for music It s elec [...]

  4. Donna

    This is one of the most touching books I ve ever read It s sweet without being sappy, cute without being cutesy, painful without being unbearable It s about music and how it can weave through our lives and sew us together, even when we think we re unraveling When we die, we will turn into songs, and we will hear each other and remember each other I ve had that quote on my wall for a couple of years, framed with several photos of musicians I love and have the good fortune to know or to have met W [...]

  5. Diane

    I fell head over heels in love with this book, just as Rob Sheffield fell hard and fast when he met Renee The book is their love story, but it s also a love story about music Each chapter opens with the song list from a mix tape Rob either made or received It was fun to skim the titles, looking for tracks I had used in my own mix tapes.One of my favorite chapters was when Rob got picked to play the music at his junior high dance He screwed up big time He filled his tape with power anthems, which [...]

  6. JSou

    I didn t really know what this book was about until I started flipping through it last night I bought it as a last minute, bargain priced add on from Barnes Noble, pretty much just to bump up my total to 25 so I could get free shipping The title caught my eye since making mixtapes took up a lot of time during my teenage years Seriously, when the iPod was first introduced, I thought it was the greatest invention since the automobile.Anyway, I was expecting this to be a humorous, dick lit type nov [...]

  7. Rory

    I didn t like this as much as others have seemed to And what I liked most was probably what others discarded I liked hearing about the signifcance of all the songs and mixes and bands But the love story Sap tastic and hit me over the head repetitive Every tenth line of the first long chapter is heavy foreshadowing mixed with hipster melodrama you know, That music changed my life But Renee was my life And then my life went away Then something like Love isn t like a cassingle It s like a mixed CD [...]

  8. RandomAnthony

    How come, when most authors write about music, they write as if they re trying to sound like scholars of the Pitchfork generation And how did Rob Sheffield know he should skip all that and write a great book about the intersection of music, tragedy, and everyday existence Love is a Mix Tape is Mr Sheffield s account of his marriage, wife s death, and the role music played in their lives The couple were one of those with a musical cute meet Big Star related, even and a shared Pavement fanaticism [...]

  9. Emilia P

    Oh man, shucks.I loved this book.I could say that the story arc could have been stronger or that he could have talked about mixtapes even though he talked about them a lot, I never get sick of it But I won t I don t care about those things.I care that I basically love this book way too much There are many reasons.1 I am a sucker for exercises in love and grief, which a lot of this book is his wife died suddenly after they were married for like 5 years, and most of the book is about how he loves [...]

  10. Buggy

    Opening line The playback late night, Brooklyn, a pot of coffee, and a chair by the window I m listening to a mix tape from 1993 Before I pods and ripped CDs we all made mix tapes I m sure most of us over a certain age still have them safely hidden away somewhere, never quite having had the nerve to throw them out broken cases and all We named these tapes, gave them away to friends or lovers and assigned them different purposes Remember the break up tape, the I m so infatuated with you tape, the [...]

  11. Bryan

    I really wanted to like this book, despite my mild dislike for Sheffield s writing in Rolling Stone magazine While the story is heartbreaking he becomes a widower earlier than anyone should be allowed to I was expecting much insight than what s provided in this slim tome I read it in one sitting The story boils down to this music nerd from Boston meets awesome Appalachian girl who is everything he isn t You know where the story is heading after he is instantly smitten when she is the only other [...]

  12. Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Rob Sheffield only had a few years with his wife before she died suddenly, and this book is about their relationship and his own background, all through mix tapes It is a clever framing but also full of meaning, because all of us are probably most connected to the music from our teen through college years Some of the music was unknown to me, but a lot of it was deeply familiar I immediately went looking to see if someone had already pulled it together in Spotify, and they had Another thing I lov [...]

  13. Madeleine

    I started reading this book during the two day buffer between the beginnings of both 2012 proper and the working year, thinking that I d have to look no farther than the other end of the couch if the story really destroyed me to the point of needing my myriad mostly under control but always threatening to surface spousal fears allayed by husbandly hugs Turns out, catching up on laundry and tidying up our soon to be vacated first home ate into my reading time and I wound up finishing this about a [...]

  14. britt_brooke

    I didn t know what to do without Ren e I didn t know what I was I didn t have a noun This is a heartbreaking story doused with a lot of love and happy times Some parts were a bit cheesy, but the mix tape chapter headers were a fun touch I appreciate Sheffield sharing this difficult part of his life and how he coped.

  15. N.miller

    Life is filled with the most beautiful moments one can imagine but these beautiful moments could also end in some of the most painful times Although this may be a scary concept that many avoid talking about, it is this reality that will set us on our path to enjoying these precious moments to the max In the memoir, Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield, this concept of losing love and enjoying what you have while you have it is shown through the musically bonded love of two music journalist, Rob a [...]

  16. Matt

    This is the kind of memoir I d like to have written albeit without the deceased wife I ve had a few conversations with friends in the last year or so about the long lost art of the mix tape, which has been delivered a death blow by the digital age Burning a CD mix just isn t the same for one, it doesn t take nearly as long to make a CD mix, which cheapens the sentiment attached to giving one to someone, especially when the hope is that the gesture and the songs themselves with make the recipient [...]

  17. Frank

    Any book that describes the summer of 94 as a series of drunken southern barbecues populated by mod girls and indie rock dudes who always ended the party with the girls singing along to the entirety of Liz Phair s Exile In Guyville on the back porch word for word while all the guys listened intrigued and obsessed and befuddled in the kitchen is A in my book See also, the tragic passage inspired by Sleater Kinney s One More Hour , the eulogy to the 90s, and the author s recipe for the perfect par [...]

  18. Stephanie

    There are millions of songs in the world, and millions of ways to connect them into mixes A mix tape steals these moments from all over the musical cosmos, and splices them into a whole new grove.

  19. jess

    spoiler she diesi m feeling a lot of love, life loss right now, so i thought, What The Hell, Give It A Shot and, well, this could be the hipster love story of the year possibly that of the decade littered with gratuitous references to the music of the 1990s, the uncensored grief of a sensitive hetero dude, the life of a quirky, curvy girl tragically cut short by an unexpected pulmonary embolism, all delivered straight from the keyboard of a Rolling Stone editor this book tallies up enough points [...]

  20. Shawn Sorensen

    Now I know someone likes making mix tapes and by extension mix cds as much as I do I also know someone s as crazy about the corniness and desperation of 90s music as I am about 80s music When I embrace some of mainstream music s most desperate attempts to throw something profound into our pop culture take Celine Dion s My Heart Will Go On or Spandeau Ballet s True I know author Rob Sheffield will join me in my heartfelt applause And, like Sheffield, I think my generation of music the color and c [...]

  21. Annalisa

    I picked up this book because of the title I loved the idea of the intense power of music to draw on memory and expected my own memories to mesh with the story But I found Sheffield s mesh of music unusual, sometimes jarring, and I found myself not connecting with it as much as I d like It was a bittersweet memoir with a few humorous moments, but there wasn t anything unusual or memorable in his story Quotable moments But most of all, I regret turning thirteen, and staying that way for the next [...]

  22. Lavinia

    I m so excited about discovering Rob Sheffield, I can t even begin to tell you For the first time in years, I didn t find about the book on websites, blogs, magazines or friend recommendations, I just stumbled upon it and decided I wanted to read it OK, truth be told, it was his other book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran One Young Man s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut that caught my eye first, but howeverI never made a mix tape Because I was never into making them, you know, the tim [...]

  23. Malbadeen

    If you ve lost someone that you cared deeply for you know the frustration in not being able to express who that person was to others The on going loss that comes from meeting new people and knowing they will never know this person this HUGE part of your life can seem crippling at times In some ways this book appears to be Sheffields attempt to make his wife known to us after her very early death Personally, I don t think he succeeded His short lived marriage to her seemed sweet in a teen angel k [...]

  24. Anya

    so many feelings Okay, so this review is pretty much going to be a tribute to the 90 s and I ll tell you my feelings you tell me yours sort of thing, SO all non touchy feely persons, exit right I admit, I m quintessentially a 90 s kid I love everything about this decade be it the irrational exuberance, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, The Lion King, My So Called Life, listening to music on cassette tapes, the music itself, growing up without Facebook or the internet etcetera etcetera Basically, [...]

  25. Stacey

    I ve wanted to read this book ever since I learned of it s existence way back in senior year of high school It s been some years, but I m glad I got around to it It s definitely a book for a music lover give me a band or a genre and I can tell you whatever you d like Before I read Love Is a Mix Tape, I read What Are You Doing Here by Laina Dawes I wanted to read two music books back to back, some might think what an odd choice because Dawes book is about social issues regarding race and music, S [...]

  26. Mitchell

    My father is a musician and my grandfather was, so I totally digged the musical aspect of this book Mr Sheffield s love of music, and his incredible knowledge of it in general, is both inspirational and charming.This book is about Sheffield s early life, his marriage to an amazing woman, and the abrupt, tragic death of his spouse at 31 Using the above as a backdrop, Sheffield mixes in his love of music in general, and his love of mix tapes in particular, to show how much he loved his wife, and l [...]

  27. Kevin

    Anybody who grew up in the 80s and 90s remembers making mix tapes You made them for yourself, you made them for friends, you made them for her or him, as the case may be You took songs from records, cassettes, CDs, and the radio and mixed them into the order you wanted and, sometimes, you even had running commentary in the form of your own voice during the gaps or the DJ from the radio station from which you recorded the track.But have you ever defined your life based on these recordings That s [...]

  28. Rashmi

    Not everybody finds love in there live time, but when they do find there true love it is hard to let it go In the book Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield and through out the book the readers get to see how Rob s struggle with his love Rob finally finds his dream girl Renee and he also sees her die in his arms When we love someone is it hard to let them go because they take a special role in our lives Life is not a movie but music is a huge part in love because it connects people and it leaves m [...]

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