Love Is a Mix Tape (Lib)(CD)

Love Is a Mix Tape (Lib)(CD)

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by Rob Sheffield
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9781415931301
Publisher:
Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2007

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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It's not only an endearing love story, but a heart-breaking one about loss. But, it manages to be funny at the same time. The music references may be over some people's heads, but if you get them, they are what really makes this book special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had me from the first sentence. I had laughed out loud and shed tears by the end of the first chapter. I started reading it on a Friday evening and by Friday night when I was out with my friends, after hearing a song that zoomed me back to high school with the first few notes, I was trying to explain to a 22 year-old new acquaintance (I am well over 22), what a mix tape was and the beauty of them. I told her to read this book. It was an inspiring piece of writing that makes me appreciate my loves (my husband and music) all the more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And to think this whole time I thought it was a battlefield.
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KatrinaO More than 1 year ago
A remarkable memoir of Rob Sheffield on finding his wife-his true love, feeling real happiness, and dealing with a broken heart on the loss on his wife, Renee, through the mixes they both shared and compiled.  A beautiful, sad and moving story on dealing with the death of a partner in the midst of the height of happiness in marriage. Rob’s difficult journey truly is heart-wrenching. 
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JBernardo More than 1 year ago
Rob Sheffield is the sweetest geek ever. The way each chapter has an actual musical score to all of his life events resonated well with me as I do the same thing. All my life events has a song that goes along. His heartfelt story of the loss of his wife and how he dealt with this was sincere and quite endearing. Loved his musical originated lifestyle with all it's flaws and triumphs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, nice pace, its a good fast read
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In a time where making mix tapes was a way to express your feelings, seeing this love story develop was beautiful and heartbreaking.
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Heartfelt. Humor within tragedy. It will tug on your heartstrings
crash354 More than 1 year ago
How often have you been living your life, and from out of nowhere a song is heard, immediately transporting you back to another time and place? The sights, sounds, smells and feelings come flooding back, providing a window to the past for one to look through and remember. Such is the case in Rob Sheffield’s “Love is a Mix Tape,” allowing the reader to connect with him through the music that is making the mix tape of his life. Sheffield’s deft structural approach allows the pop and rock driven sounds of his life, through the very mix tapes that he and others around him made, to build a story that anyone who has ever loved (which is all of us) can relate to. Leading you through the mostly chronological story, each chapter starts with a mix tape that relates to the events occurring in Sheffield’s life. Even in the world of mp3’s and iPod’s, the idea behind the mix tape is easier to understand. One takes a collection of songs that express a certain meaning or desire and puts them on a single tape. There are a lot of rules to making a mix tape, and Sheffield follows these rules very closely (read Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity” for a complete listing). Sheffield’s collections are often eccentric and obscure, making one immediately feel a certain level of apprehension, intimidation, or thinking “who the hell is this pretentious guy.” Even those tracks that are recognizable made me go, “Really! You actually liked that song?” Then I remember that the point of music is that same as poetry, film, and books; to transfer and hopefully connect the ideas of the artist to that another. In this aspect, Sheffield delivers in a way that regardless of musical tastes, one is able to immediately relate and empathize. But it is the hidden musical gems, song lyrics and references that are thrown in as simple sentences, which demonstrate how much music plays a part in Sheffield’s life. In this way you see the light behind many of the dark moments in the story. The story follows Sheffield primarily from age 25 to 31; a period of life most of us have issues with even when not dealing with the events that occur here. The plot is simple, well, it is sort of simple. There is no complex event that leads Sheffield to the Holy Grail or to some great moment that would have the crowds up and cheering. What does occur within the pages of the book is the unfolding of the soundtrack of one man’s life, and what he learned and experienced while writing the lyrics. Sheffield’s favorite band lineup, the “boy-girl synth-pop duo” best sums up what Love is a Mix Tape is meant to convey. With the boy behind a row of electronics, the strong female vocalist driving the crowd into frenzy, one can quickly surmise that Sheffield understands himself and what type of music/person he needs in his life. In Sheffield’s words, “One is voice, celebrity, performance; the other is music.” Sheffield also acknowledges that bands don’t stay together, and that music changes. Music is a character in the story, as it is in most of our lives, helping to elevate, motivate, and inspire in ways we never give it credit for. Love is a Mix Tape is emotional in the realest way one could imagine. Within the same page one may have to wipe their eyes from crying or laughing. Sheffield connects the reader through his truth, and through his music. Any more information here would be wrong, for this isn’t my story to tell. These are not my songs. I thank Rob
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Bought the book after seeing rob on some vh1special. This is a really fantastic story, and I am glad he was willing to share his love and loss with us.
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