© 2024 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
TECHNOTE: 90.5 FM and AM870 reception

Life and Love Heard Through the Mix Tape

'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.
'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.

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.

Copyright 2023 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

To help strengthen our local reporting as WKAR's fiscal year ends, we need 75 new or upgraded sustainers by June 30th. Become a new monthly donor or increase your donation to support the trustworthy journalism you'll rely on before Election Day. Donate now.