Thursday, May 10, 2007

Love Is a Mix Tape

by Rob Sheffield

This memoir portrays simultaneously the author's love of music, a woman who shared that love, and the life they had together for a brief time. But it is also about a young man's grief and his attempts to rebuild his world after loss. Music, in particular the mix tapes that flourished in the late 70s into the 90s (though the concept continues in the iPods of today) and that Sheffield has made throughout his life, is the thread that weaves these pieces together. Sheffield, a writer for Rolling Stone, literally provides the soundtrack to his life. Sheffield's informal language (and his tone, in the audiobook edition) is that of a friend chatting over a couple of beers; it which works here, even during the more tragic portions of the book and makes them even more poignant. --Inanna

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