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Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture

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Stop. Pause. Fast-forward. Rewind. It has become part of our vocabulary when talking about the momentum of our lives...

Since Phillips launched the compact audio cassette at the 1963 Berlin Radio Show, our relationship with music has never been the same. Portable, inexpensive, and durable, the new format was an instant success. By the early 1970s, we were voraciously record
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Universe (first published January 28th 2005)
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Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: total music snobs, cassette tape purists, thurston himself, teenage boys
i had high hopes for this book, because i am a devotee of the mix tape even in this age of the ipod, but ultimately, i was disappointed. why is it that every publishing project thurston moore touches is sullied by his involvement? at least he has more of a legitimate claim to being into mix tapes than punk houses. moving on. what i was really hoping for with this book was that maybe it would be a kind of history of the mix tape--how did cassette tapes supplant 8-tracks? what was the motivation f ...more
Mar 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Visually stimulating, highly entertaining, and deeply nostalgic is how I would describe Thurston Moore's book Mixtape. Moore and his crew of 30-odd friends gather to share their mixtape stories and photos of mixtapes given and received. They are a generation (or two?) older than me, so I enjoyed Moore's introduction on buying a cassette player for the van while Sonic Youth went on tour in the mid-80s. The player took 16 double D batteries and took up space equal to another band member. I

Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Affectionate coffee-table browser edited by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, whose introductory essay about the boombox he once purchased for SY van rides ("plus, it had sick lights") is worth the price of admission. The rest is memoiry blurbs about mix tapes by avant-peeps from the SY sphere: Jim O'Rourke, Richard Kern, Mary Gaitskill, Alison Anders, Slim Moon, etc.. Coulda used a few well-researched essays about the culture, but whatevs. ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
"I don't imagine sociopaths make mix tapes, or serial killers, or presidents. Although I still think I might make one for President Clinton. What do you think?" -- Allison Anders

"Is the space woman crying because she is where there's no darkness to light?" -- Mary Gaitskill

"Dig it: normal bias cassettes rule. (Next to vinyl of course). And it's not a fetish either (well, not entirely...). Vinyl is analog--not a definitive sound wave like digital, which is numeric and perfect transcription. With
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Anyone, for the most part, that has ever grown up on, or listened to music when it happened in the late 1980's... this is a great book.
Take the H side and the C side, and make a mix tape out of it, and you will have the most amazing mix tape ever. Take any of the mixes that they put in this book, and you will have a great mix tape for a road trip or anything else.
It's a great book, but it is more of a coffee table style book. It's not a chapter book, there are a lot of great graphics and descrip
Eric Cartier
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Righteous, brief essays by Thurston Moore; photos of mix tapes and original cassette-inspired art; mix tape lists and blurbs by artists, musicians, writers and designers. I listened to mixes from friends (on cassette and CD) and starting compiling yet another one for my brother. Be they sonic self-portraits or aural love letters, long live mix tapes!
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
For a music lover, this is quite a find. The mix tape always took so long to make but it was so great to hear the finished product. Reading through the mixes that are in this book made me smile and want to dig out my old cassettes. I just wish I would've spent more time decorating the case like the people in this book did. ...more
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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thurston moore and thirty of his closest friends gather for a eulogy of the mix tape, and as it turns out, of their youth. this informational collage is a must read for the music lover, and those who remember what a bitch it was to make mixtapes long ago.
Kevin Hodgson
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Music as story, as gifts, as curation. Streaming playlists aren’t the same as tapes, are they? A little less personal. This book is fascinating just to skim through ....
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is less about the music put on mix tapes and more about the physical objects -- sort of an art book. It has images with brief reminiscences by the contributors about when and why they made or received the tapes. Moore has curated a book about the way we curated mix tapes back in the day. Very appealing.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
A little artsy for my taste. Has a mix tape by Kate Spade.
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art
i wanted this book to be so much cooler than it turned out to be.
Matt Hill
Sep 06, 2009 rated it liked it
very interesting, a little esoteric . . the basic idea that there's something to a mix tape is right on though, i think ...more
Ellen Brenna
May 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Aging hipster coffee table book but hipsters really like coffee and they need crap to put on their tables just like everyone else!

It will make you nostalgic for analog.
Erin Tuzuner
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, music, inter-views
An affectionate and visually stimulating look at the long gone cassette and the imprint it left in our collectively romantic(nostalgic) hearts.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, music
Intriguing and creative.
Holly Miller
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
An awesome compendium of mix.
Josh Yule
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For those of you who still love a good mix on tape!
Oct 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
why oh why am i constantly a sonicyouth android? Go out and make yr friend a mix CD and send it to them, it will be time better spent then perusing this book. FO REALS

Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is as much about the visuals as the words. Amazing college artwork fills the pages.
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Thurston Joseph Moore is an American musician best known as a singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sonic Youth. He has participated in many solo and group collaborations outside of Sonic Youth, as well as running a small record label.

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