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ISBN:1400083028
Author: Rob Sheffield
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Title: Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
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Language: English
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Publisher: Crown Archetype (January 2, 2007)
Pages: 240

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield



Rob Sheffield's Love is a Mix Tape is a heart-breaking, uplifting, funny, sad and entirely human memoir about love and loss unified by Sheffield's love of music and his life-long penchant for crafting the mix tape. Music fans born in the 60's will recognize most of the music (and understand why, for example, the eighth grade dance mix tape had to have Free Bird and Stairway to Heaven to end the sides), but I don't think you have to know much about the music he mentions to enjoy this wonderful book because the book simply uses music. Renee died suddenly, tragically at a young age, but somehow Sheffield's engaging personality comes through so well in his writing that he makes this memoir overall an uplifting read, despite the undertones of intense sadness and loss.

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

Title: Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time Author: Rob Sheffield ISBN-10: 1400083028 ISBN-13: 9781400083022 Publisher: Crown Archetype.

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Music critic Sheffield's touching and poignant memoir of love and death will strike a chord in anyone who has used a hand-selected set of songs to try to express something that can't be put into words. A socially awkward adolescent, Sheffield finds true love as a college student in the late '80s with Renée, a "hell-raising Appalachian punk-rock girl. They're brought together by their love of music, get married and spend eight years together before Renée suddenly dies of a pulmonary embolism. Each chapter opens with a song list from a mix tape made at the time. Listeners may wish that, as with Nick Hornby's essay collection Songbook, there had been an audio component that would allow the music to take us back or would introduce us to new songs that helped Sheffield press on into an uncertain but hopeful future.

Rumblefish - Hey Jude - Roller boogie - Tape 635 - Love makes me do foolish things - Big star : for Renee - Sheena was a man - Personics - A little down, a little duvet - That's entertainment - The comfort zone - Dancing with myself - How I got that look - 52 girls on film - Crazy feeling - Paramount Hotel - Mmmrob - Hypnotize - Jackie blue - Glossin' and flossin' - Blue Ridge gold - Via Vespucci. In the 1990s, "alternative" was suddenly mainstream, and bands like Pearl Jam and Pavement, Nirvana and .

Love is a Mix Tape is an autobiographical memoir by Rob Sheffield. It follows his first meeting of Renee, their love for each other, and the eventual loss when Renee suddenly passes away from a pulmonary embolism in 1997 after only 5 years of being married.

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Book Description: What Is love? Great minds have been grappling with this question throughout the ages, and in the modern era, they have come up with many different answers. According to Western philosopher Pat Benatar, love is a battlefield. Love bites, love bleeds, love is the drug. The troubadours of our times agree: They want to know what love is, and they want you to show them. But the answer is simple: Love is a mix tape. Rob Sheffield isn’t a musician, he’s a writer, and Love Is a Mix Tape isn’t a love song- but it might as well be. This is Rob’s tribute to music, to the decade that shaped him, but most of all to one unforgettable woman.

As the cover illustrates, it is a story about "life and loss, one song at a time. So one time I asked my dad to sing some of the songs I didn’t recognize and I understood how each song he described was perfect for that precise moment he was talking about. Once you read this book, you understand that for Sheffield, music is his life. It was the connection that he had with others, especially his ex-wife. As every chapter begins with so many songs listed, in a way, I couldn’t believe that he could actually sit down and listen to all of them and remember the events as if they happened the day before

What Is love? Great minds have been grappling with this question throughout the ages, and in the modern era, they have come up with many different answers. According to Western philosopher Pat Benatar, love is a battlefield. Her paisan Frank Sinatra would add the corollary that love is a tender trap. Love hurts. Love stinks. Love bites, love bleeds, love is the drug. The troubadours of our times agree: They want to know what love is, and they want you to show them. But the answer is simple: Love is a mix tape.In the 1990s, when “alternative” was suddenly mainstream, bands like Pearl Jam and Pavement, Nirvana and R.E.M.—bands that a year before would have been too weird for MTV- were MTV. It was the decade of Kurt Cobain and Shania Twain and Taylor Dayne, a time that ended all too soon. The boundaries of American culture were exploding, and music was leading the way. It was also when a shy music geek named Rob Sheffield met a hell-raising Appalachian punk-rock girl named Renée, who was way too cool for him but fell in love with him anyway. He was tall. She was short. He was shy. She was a social butterfly. She was the only one who laughed at his jokes when they were so bad, and they were always bad. They had nothing in common except that they both loved music. Music brought them together and kept them together. And it was music that would help Rob through a sudden, unfathomable loss.In Love Is a Mix Tape, Rob, now a writer for Rolling Stone, uses the songs on fifteen mix tapes to tell the story of his brief time with Renée. From Elvis to Missy Elliott, the Rolling Stones to Yo La Tengo, the songs on these tapes make up the soundtrack to their lives. Rob Sheffield isn’t a musician, he’s a writer, and Love Is a Mix Tape isn’t a love song- but it might as well be. This is Rob’s tribute to music, to the decade that shaped him, but most of all to one unforgettable woman.
Reviews: 7
Gavinranara
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. (Admittedly, I'm on my second copy.) The only other book to do this to me was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. This is a must read. This man wrote my life by using completely different experiences than I had. Do yourself a favor and read this book. It helps if you know a lot about music, but it's still amazing if you don't.
Mazuzahn
Rob Sheffield is that most unique of critics. He breaks the rule that says you shouldn’t talk about yourself because of the self-indulgence, yet manages to do so in such a way that he shines new light on both the soul of music and the soul of man. That’s probably a bit dramatic, but it doesn’t make it less true.

LOVE IS A MIX TAPE is a soulful book, written as a way of understanding not only love and loss, but the role music plays in helping us achieve even the tiniest bit of understanding. His recollection of his relationship to his wife, Renée, is filled with beautiful passages about discovery of love and self. But he also uses these moments to reveal truths about the music which inspired these recollections as well—I will never listen to Nirvana the same way again.

It’s the best praise I can give to say that this book opens both your mind and your heart. Enjoy the laughs, the cool turns of phrase, and the constant desire to queue up another song from these playlists, but also make sure you keep a few Kleenex on the ready.
greatest
Nice book, if you love music. I read it on a trip to Charlottesville (where the story is set), and it transported me back to the 90s... The zillion musical references made me want to make mix tapes again! Not a masterpiece novel, but still well written, fun and easy to read, with an emotional side to the story that is almost comparable to a "coming-of-age" at some point. I recommend it!
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Rob Sheffield's Love is a Mix Tape is a heart-breaking, uplifting, funny, sad and entirely human memoir about love and loss unified by Sheffield's love of music and his life-long penchant for crafting the mix tape. Music fans born in the 60's will recognize most of the music (and understand why, for example, the eighth grade dance mix tape had to have Free Bird and Stairway to Heaven to end the sides), but I don't think you have to know much about the music he mentions to enjoy this wonderful book because the book simply uses music as a way into his story about Renee. Renee was his wife with whom he shared an intense love and they found love through love of music as well. Renee died suddenly, tragically at a young age, but somehow Sheffield's engaging personality comes through so well in his writing that he makes this memoir overall an uplifting read, despite the undertones of intense sadness and loss. The love he has for Renee (and she for him) and the love of music, Sheffield's charming, self-deprecating humor makes this a wonderful read. I recommend this one to all, music-obsessed or not. Enjoy.
Mr_Mix
Did not expect the book to be heartfelt and heart warming. Clearly each mixtape is crafted with great attention, and it translates to us, readers, who will likely be taken to sweet nostalgia as we begin seeing ourselves in each of the chapter written. It's a pleasing read, and an effortless page turner.
Djang
A trifecta for a great book. Sheffield's enthusiasm for music is unparalleled. I would highly recommend this book if you are a lover of all things music, have experienced a loss and loved someone so deeply it hurt. I will be looking into his other books shortly.
Nargas
Do you know anyone who takes what life gives them but doesn't really have a plan of any kind? Actions only taken when given by a charismatic friend or when forced to by law, nature or an accumulation of unavoidable circumstances? Although this is a very touching love story and I really liked the author's direct style, I found the aimless, fatalistic existence a bit frustrating at times. The author did not make choices so much as acquiesce to events around him. He hates a song until someone tells them it's their favorite song - then, voila! He likes it too!

I found the eclectic selections of music interesting and irritating at the same time. The crazy collection of disco, country, new wave, rock, etc. I always get the feeling someone is trying too hard to be uber-cool when they refer to some obscure song from a critically acclaimed but generally atonal band. What I DID like and in a way somewhat opposed to the prior comment is the appreciation for top 40 along with all the other esoteric stuff. Makes it seem more like someone who just likes what he likes irrespective of whether the music maker is from an "acceptable" genre.

I thought the story, although very personal, was very touching. I won't ruin it for those who will read or listen to the book but I found the description of the relationship very moving. In my opinion, the author painted a very compelling image of what life was like with his love. I'm missing the humor part though. I've read some comments about how funny the book was. What? Did I miss a chapter or two? Funny in a kind of "oh yeah, my relatives are a little wacky too" way but not much more than that.

Overall, a quick and compelling read that will make you feel and think. Maybe 3 and half stars...
I cried reading the first story. I bought two and gave one to my best friend who shares the love for Pavement and other indie music.