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[Book Review] Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield

Paul Grech Monday, December 8, 2014 , , ,
This book is about music, but it is also about much more than that.  It tells a sad story, but also one that you'll enjoy.  It is a beautiful book that can elicit emotions that only good writing - and good music - can.

The story is told through a series of mixtapes that the author either made himself or someone prepared for me.  Each one of the mixtapes reminds the author of different moments in his life and through them he can talk of his experiences and emotions.

Through them we get to see him meeting, falling in love with, marrying and, sadly, mourning the death of his wife Renee.  The latter is, inevitably, the hardest part to read - it is truly hearthbreaking - but eventually music helps him find a way out and leave th reader with a geniune feeling of satisfaction at the end.  And the overwhelming desire to offer thanks to the author for sharing such an intimate story.

The element of nostalgia, not because he talks of the now defunct medium of tapes, but also as most of the bands mentioned are ones that I grew up listening to helps make it all the more special.


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