Life and Love Heard Through the Mix Tape Music writer Rob Sheffield makes mix tapes for every moment in his life, and those tapes helped him cope with the untimely death of his wife. Debbie Elliott talks to Sheffield about the power of the mix, and about his new book Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time.
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Life and Love Heard Through the Mix Tape

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Life and Love Heard Through the Mix Tape

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'Love Is a Mix Tape' is the love story of writer Rob Sheffield and his wife, Renee, from the time they met in 1989 to her sudden death from a pulmonary embolism in 1997. hide caption

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A good mix tape is like a little chunk of history you can hold in your hand. It's a plastic time capsule, a memorial to who you were and what you were thinking when you wrote out that hand-lettered playlist.

For writer Rob Sheffield, those tapes are a way to keep alive the memory of his wife, Renee. She died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism.

His new book Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, tells the story of their relationship in 15 beat-up, old cassettes.

Sheffield is a contributing editor at Rolling Stonemagazine.

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