Love Is a Mix Tape

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 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 onl In this stunning memoir, Rob Sheffield, a veteran rock and pop culture critic and staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine...

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Title:Love Is a Mix Tape
Author:Rob Sheffield
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Genres:Music
ISBN:Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

Love Is a Mix Tape Reviews

  • Rory
    Dec 29, 2007
    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 fir...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    May 21, 2017
    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 ...
  • Emilia P
    Aug 26, 2007
    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 more (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 ...
  • Malbadeen
    May 05, 2008
    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 ti...
  • Matt
    Feb 13, 2008
    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 th...
  • Diane
    Jul 31, 2009
    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 tit...
  • Kim
    Mar 11, 2008
    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 more to just about anyone. Consider yourself warned. Put your thinking caps on ?cuz I?ve got some trippin? down memory la...
  • Annalisa
    Jan 18, 2012
    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 l...
  • Heather
    Nov 08, 2007
    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...
  • jess
    Jul 16, 2008
    spoiler: she dies i'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 uncen...
  • RandomAnthony
    Mar 28, 2011
    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 ...
  • Frank
    Jan 28, 2008
    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 guy...
  • Bryan
    Mar 12, 2008
    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 more insight than what's provided in this slim tome (I...
  • JSou
    Feb 04, 2010
    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 mixt...
  • Shawn Sorensen
    Jun 01, 2009
    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 i...
  • britt_brooke
    Apr 27, 2017
    "I didn't know what to do without Rene. 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 d...
  • Madeleine
    Jul 01, 2011
    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...
  • Lavinia
    Apr 10, 2013
    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 othe...
  • Buggy
    Jan 09, 2010
    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 ...
  • Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
    Nov 09, 2013
    *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 ...
  • mina
    Jul 31, 2019
    I love how music was such a big part of Rob?s life; it feels like music had a greater meaning back then. Music nowadays is still important?I can?t imagine my day without music, the thought itself is depressing?but I don?t get the same vibe as when I read this memoir, it?s l...
  • Mirela
    Feb 07, 2019
    It?s the same with people who say, ?Whatever doesn?t kill you makes you stronger.? Even people who say this must realize that the exact opposite is true. What doesn?t kill you maims you, cripples you, leaves you weak, makes you whiny and full of yourself at the same time. The...
  • Donna
    Sep 27, 2017
    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 wi...
  • Eilonwy
    Aug 27, 2018
    3-1/2 stars In 1991, when they were both 23, Rob Sheffield fell in love with a woman named Rene. Five years later, she died, of a pulmonary embolism ("just bad luck," the coroner tells Rob). In between, they married, wrote for music magazines, hung out in record stores (remember t...
  • Stephanie
    Jun 16, 2017
    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. ...
  • N.miller
    Apr 02, 2015
    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 mo...
  • Ron
    Jul 09, 2017
    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 g...
  • Lisastrawberry
    Nov 18, 2018
    I love Rob Sheffield's writing. This one is tough, since it's so hard to think about what you would do if the one you love most died suddenly. Rob handles this incredibly painful subject honestly, with depth, humor and of course music geekery. Love is indeed a mix tape. ...
  • Quinn
    Apr 01, 2019
    This book!!! Left me absolutely devastated, trying not to cry on the bus, mourning someone I never met. There is a lot of good music in here, but instead of listening to it I put Astral Weeks on repeat as I always do in the first weeks of spring. At some point I will reread chapter by ...
  • ✨ kathryn ✨
    Apr 12, 2019
    This punched me in the gut. Hard. Tears were shed. ...