Mix tape: The Art of Cassette Culture edited by Thurston Moore
Format: Hardcover (96 pages)
Publisher: Universe (May 3, 2005)
This book is a collage of stories and images, or as Ben Bush noted, “a mix tape of mix tapes.” Various individuals; writers, musicians, artists, record store employees, etc., share their inspiration behind their at home mixes. The focus is the mix tape and it’s role in their lives. The mix tape has wonderous healing properties during a break up and boosts confidence during a confession of love.
“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 recording music onto blank cassettes: LPs, concerts, tunes from the radio. It allowed us to listen to music in a new way, privately. Artist and musician Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) looks back at the plastic gadget that first let us make our own compilations.Mix Tape shares the treasured works (and the stories behind them) of over 50 dedicated home tapers, including Elizabeth Peyton, DJ Spooky, Jim O’Rourke, Allison Anders, and Mike Watt. From the Romantic Tape to the Break-up Tape, the Road Trip Tape to the “Indoctrination” Tape, the art and text that emerged was of the mix cassette as a new way of resequencing music to make sense of our most stubbornly inexpressible feelings―a way of explaining ourselves to someone we love, or to ourselves.”