Check it out! One of my favorite music writers on the planet, Rob Sheffield, will be reading from his new book, Love Is a Mix Tape, tonight at 7pm at the B&N at Astor Place. If you have ever read Rob’s stuff in Rolling Stone, you know that he has a passion for music and has a unique and unfailingly truthful way of expressing his love for music and life in general.
From the Random House press release:
It was also when a shy music geek named Rob Sheffield met a hell-raising Appalachian punk-rock girl named RenÃ©e, 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 RenÃ©e. 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 isnâ€™t a musician, heâ€™s a writer, and Love Is a Mix Tape isnâ€™t a love song- but it might as well be. This is Robâ€™s tribute to music, to the decade that shaped him, but most of all to one unforgettable woman.
Can’t make the reading? Buy the book.