The Analogue Reader: Cassette from My Ex


Everyone has a story or a song to relate to. In this installment of The Analogue Reader series, we delve into our inner DJs and nostalgic selves. Let us rewind the stories of our past and play the music of our lost youth…

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Cassette from My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves
edited by Jason Bitner

Genre: Vintage, Nostalgia, Memorabilia
Edition: First Edition
Year Published: 2009

Cassette from My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves is a 224-page compilation of heart-wrenching tales and tunes of loves that weren’t meant to be. After the reign of long-playing vinyls and long before the compact discs and iTune playlists came to rise, cassette tapes were a way to steal someone’s heart.

Photos — editor’s own

Side A: Of Love Affairs and Playlists

In this book, sixty ‘cassetteophiles’ contributed their mixtapes and stories — all of which are meaningful and heart-wrenching. Mixtapes were more than just compilations of music. The paper inserts in the plastic cassette case were like a painting canvass: it was where one further expressed their emotions — distinctive handwriting, elaborate illustrations, and personal notes. Listening to old mixtapes certainly would interestingly reunite oneself with his/her emotional past.

Photos — editor’s own

Side B: Audio Messages from the Past

Cassette tapes are not your ordinary drag-and-drop playlist. Making mixtapes is painstaking; it’s like constructing 60-minute, or sometimes 90-minutes, lyrical poems, which could sometimes take days to compile. This book, which captivates the bygone era of the mix — when music meant everything, is truly a gem for analogue readers who are into music, romance, and nostalgic memorabilia.

Photos — editor’s own

Anyone who understands the obsessive attention to detail; the time it took to collate, select, and edit the content; or just someone who appreciated the rhythms and nuances of such extraordinary artifacts will treasure this collection.” — Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage

Do you still have your old school mixes with you? Share your stories and soundtracks with us. Memorable Mixtapes is part of our Requested Posts for Analogue Lifestyle this month. We’re eager to know who made you a tape and why they made you one! Meanwhile, here are some cassette tapes in analogue film:

Credits: minibear, fayeusokoi, romeria & ashdinosaur

More stories and soundtracks of lost loves may be found on Jason Bitner’s

Here in Lomography, we are all lovers of all things analogue, in various aspects and varying degrees. If you’re one of those who prefer reading the analogue way, you might want to check out the rest of the articles in The Analogue Reader series!

written by basterda on 2012-03-08 #lifestyle #vintage #series #cassettes #editorial #analogue-reader #the-analogue-reader #cassette-from-my-ex

One Comment

  1. carlota_nonnumquam
    carlota_nonnumquam ·

    Thanks so much for this article! I love mixtapes and have been looking for a good book about mixtapes for so long and I did buy one but it wasn't what I expected. This book looks great, just what I was looking for! I'm going to order it straight way :)

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