September 8, 2008

Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture (2004)

I imagine this book was a lot of fun to make. I can see Moore going to his friends and asking them to share one of their mix tapes and maybe an anecdote with him to celebrate mix tapes. Some of the pieces are insightful and others bring a chuckle. The song lists on the mix tapes themselves are only half as interesting as what people have to say about them. I especially like the anecdotes that describes what was going on when someone made or received the mix tape. It’s a highly entertaining and quick read (or flip through) and it includes the best argument for records and analog ever (involving your ear-heart).


Mona said...

I'm sorry, but it's too tempting:

"The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don't wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules...."

This is a very subtle art, you know. If you don't know where that's from, may god have mercy on us all.