Love Is a Mix Tape : Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
About the book
"The happiest, saddest, sweetest book about rock 'n' roll that I've ever experienced."--Chuck Klosterman Mix tapes: We all have our favorites. Stick one into a deck, press play, and you're instantly transported to another time in your life. For Rob Sheffield, that time was one of miraculous love and unbearable grief. A time that spanned seven years, it started when he met the girl of his dreams, and ended when he watched her die in his arms. Using the listings of fifteen of his favorite mix tapes, Rob shows that the power of music to build a bridge between people is stronger than death. You'll read these words, perhaps surprisingly, with joy in your heart and a song in your head--the one that comes to mind when you think of the love of your life. Praise for Love is a Mixtape "A memoir that manages, no small feat, to be funny and beautifully forlorn at the same time."--The New York Times Book Review "Humorous, heartbreaking, and heroic."--Entertainment Weekly "The finest lines ever written about rock 'n' roll . . . Like that song on the radio, every word of Rob's book is true. Love is a mix tape."--Rolling Stone "Many of us use pop culture as a mirror of our emotional lives, but Sheffield happily walks right through the looking glass."--Los Angeles Times "Sheffield writes with such aching remembering, you feel like you are invading his privacy . . . and it's the truth of those details that make this memoir so touching."--Newsweek
"No rock critic- living or dead, American or otherwise- has ever written about pop music with the evocative, hyperpoetic perfectitude of Rob Sheffield. Love is a Mix Tape is the happiest, saddest, greatest book about rock'n'roll that I've ever experienced." --Chuck Klosterman, bestselling author of Fargo Rock Cty, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Killing Yourself to Live and Chuck Klosterman IV "This is a lightly-handed, skillful and sincere celebration of pop, of love, sad songs, bad songs and the long, nearly unbearable ache of being a young widower. Witty and wise; a true candidate for the All-Time Desert Island Top 5 Books About Pop Music." --Kirkus, starred review "I can't think of many books as appealing as Rob Sheffield's Love is a Mix Tape; Sheffield writes beautifully about music, he's hilarious, and his story is alternatingly joyous and heartbreaking. Plus, everyone knows there's no better way to organize history and make sense of life than through the mix tape." --Haven Kimmel, bestselling author of She Got Up Off the Couch, A Girl Named Zippy and The Solace of Leaving Early "A celebratory eulogy of life 'in the decade of Nirvana.'" --Publishers Weekly « starred review "Sheffield's description of Renée's brilliant eccentricity and lovable quirkiness causes the reader to fall in love with her just as he does." --Library Journal « starred review "A glorious elegy to a pop culture-blessed decade and a tender, unforgettable tribute to the power of love" --The Miami Herald "Humorous, heartbreaking, and heroic." --Entertainment Weekly "Sheffield writes elegantly without turning it into a depressing tale of love stolen away too soon. . . . Wry and sardonic, even in his suffering, he's the tragic romantic who never gets overwrought." --Newsweek "The finest lines ever written about rock 'n' roll . . . Like that song on the radio, every word of Rob's book is true. Love is a mix tape." -- Rolling Stone "Many of us use pop culture as a mirror of our emotional lives, but Sheffield happily walks right through the looking glass." --Los Angeles Times
Rob Sheffield Biography
Robert James Sheffield (born February 2, 1966) is an American music journalist and author.He is a long time contributing editor at Rolling Stone, writing about music, TV, and pop culture. Previously, he was a contributing editor at Blender, Spin and Details magazines. A native of Milton, Massachusetts, Sheffield has a bachelor's degree from Yale University and master's degree (1991) from the University of Virginia.Sheffield lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published worksSheffield has written several books including a memoir, Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time (an excerpt of which was featured in the January 2007 issue of GQ), was released by Random House in January 2007. It was met with much acclaim and was a national bestseller.Sheffield's fifth book, released in April 2017, is called Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World. An excerpt from Sheffield's most recent book, Dreaming the Beatles, was published online by Rolling Stone. USA Today gave Dreaming the Beatles three and one-half (out of four) stars and called it a "charming new collection of essays." Spin added that "Dreaming the Beatles is equal parts history and cultural criticism, as Sheffield draws from dozens of sources to lay down the story of how the Beatles came to be, before writing about why any of it matters." MTV opined that "Dreaming the Beatles is one of the best books about the band ever written." Sheffield won the ASCAP Foundation's Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism for Dreaming the Beatles in 2017.
Bibliography2007 – Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time. ISBN 9781400083039 2009 – Bande Originale (French Edition). ISBN 2355840202 2010 – Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut. ISBN 0452297230 2013 – Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke. ISBN 0062207628 2016 – On Bowie. ISBN 0062562703 2017 – Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World. ISBN 0062207652 2019 – The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks (Audible book). ISIN: B07PRK66HL
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|Publisher:||Random House USA Inc|
|Imprint:||Random House Inc|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Publication date:||Dec. 4, 2007|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||New York, United States|