Love Is a Mix Tape

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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
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AuthorRob Sheffield
Cover artistGregg Kulick
CountryUnited States
PublisherCrown Publishing Group
Publication date
January 2, 2007
Media typePrint (Hardback)
781.64092 B 22
LC ClassML423.S537 A3 2007

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time is an autobiographical memoir by Rob Sheffield. It follows his first meeting of Renée Crist, their love for each other, and the eventual loss when Renée suddenly passes away from a pulmonary embolism in 1997 after only 5 years of being married. Music is explored throughout the book; how music brought him and his wife together, their shared love of music and how music helped him cope with losing her. Each chapter is prefaced with a mixtape or list of tracks that correspond to the plot.[1]

Publishers Summary[edit]

This is the summary as noted on the publishers website from the hardcover edition of Love Is a Mixtape:

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 Renee, 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 Renee. 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." [2]

Press and Reviews[edit]


  1. ^ "The day the music died". Los Angeles Times. Dec 31, 2006. Retrieved Oct 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Love is a Mix Tape | By Rob Sheffield". Retrieved Oct 12, 2019.