A Lost Boy in search of Winnie Cooper with tongue-in-cheek wit and sarcasm.From music industry professional SW Hammond comes a compilation of provocative essays woven to create the misguided anti-love story of a young man learning about relationships through Axl Rose, Paris Hilton, and Taylor Swift.Raised on rock n’ roll, Hammond blends an unparalleled view of pop cultureA Lost Boy in search of Winnie Cooper with tongue-in-cheek wit and sarcasm.From music industry professional SW Hammond comes a compilation of provocative essays woven to create the misguided anti-love story of a young man learning about relationships through Axl Rose, Paris Hilton, and Taylor Swift.Raised on rock n’ roll, Hammond blends an unparalleled view of pop culture and philosophy that plagues his irrational sense of women and what they want. From childhood viewings of Full House leading to his lifelong hatred of John Stamos, his introduction to the Riot Grrrl movement and Kathleen Hanna, to a questionable infatuation with The O.C.’s Summer Roberts—all of your insatiable favorites are mixed with a reflective-Kevin-Arnold-like inner monolog and a bottle of Jack Daniels.The Mixtape Manifesto: A Pop Culture Confessional is filled with rich photography captured during Hammond’s days on the road while working for Sony Music and Warped Tour, as well as bringing to life the music, movies, and television that has perpetuated his laughable neurotic angst. If you’re ready to take a little mind trip, join in, you just may learn something about your life while reading about his....
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the mixtape manifesto a pop culture confessional Reviews
I picked this up as the blurb sounded quite interesting. Hammond is a music industry professional in the US working for Sony and it promised some interesting anecdotes about his life and work. Sadly it has a very different feel to it and is more in the style of Augusten Burroughs but with less wit and heart. Hammond’s book comprises very short essays on different topics. How attractive he is. How he’s never had to work to get girl’s numbers. How it’s a hard life having to go to parties and get drunk for a living. He spends his time wondering if there will ever be a significant other in his life but honestly she’d struggle to get past his own ego. That said there are some quite interesting titbits here. His first foray into the music industry was making mixtapes for his mother because she couldn’t listen to Simon & Garfunkel and Michael Jackson on the same radio station. Reminded me of my own youth spent hunched over the tape deck on a Sunday evening trying to record my favourite chart records without the DJ cutting in! If you are a child of the eighties and nineties there will be lots of relatable stuff in here. His interactions with his favourite TV programmes from Malcolm in the Middle to Cheers to the O.C. – all have their special place in his heart. It helps if you have a pretty good knowledge of American music and pop culture during this period otherwise the book isn’t going to make a lot of sense. The bits that really worked were the stories about his family – Uncle Donnie and his Heineken poster were hilarious and these were the insights that made you feel a bit more positively about him. Ultimately though, it all comes over as rather self-indulgent. Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
From music industry professional SW Hammond The story of one mans life told in short essays (stories). Through the Authors voice we learn how he feels about movies, television shows, relationships, and more. We hear his opinion on how he felt about about each, and how these feelings affect his life. Working on the road for Sony Music and Warped Tour, he also reflects on his life during that time of his life. I found The Mixtape Manifesto: A Pop Culture Confessional, to be an original, entertaining, and overall enjoyable read. SW Hammond writes with passion, originality and a flair for life. I highly recommend to all.
I typically enjoy essay collections that flit between pop culture and personal experience, but unfortunately I just did not connection with SW Hammond's work. I thought the chapters that were grounded in specific topics (such as shamelessly enjoying Taylor Swift's 1989) were much stronger than the rest of the book, which has a relentless fixation on why Hammond is single. Some of the views he expresses on feminism and equality are frankly cringeworthy for someone who does attempt to educate himself on such matters, and I think he blames women entirely too much for his romantic problems. If he were a writer with more of a national/international profile, then the insight into his background might have been more arresting. As it is, I didn't get why I'm supposed to care that girls don't give him their phone numbers unsolicited at parties anymore. I was expecting way more about music, so I couldn't help but be disappointed.I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
The Mix tape Manifesto tells the story of one man's life in a series of short stories. I found the Mix Tape Manifesto: A pop culture confessional to be an entertaining and enjoyable read.
Well, this was not the book I thought it was. Less about lots of musical mixtapes and more short stories about the authors life and, oh my word, how boring they are. Not one thing that he wrote about was of any interest to me, took all my concentration to make it to the end of the book.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started The Mixtape Manifesto: A Pop Culture Confessional. It just looked appealing. To be fair, it was an interesting read.I don’t think I expected it to read quite like it did; a series of diary entries or blog posts. It was a truly honest book. Hammond has literally bled every thought on to the page.As much as I didn’t know what to expect I did thoroughly enjoy The Mixtape Manifesto: A Pop Culture Confessional. My favourite entry by a mile was Taylor Swift: Why I’m a Fangirl. In this one article, SW Hammond succinctly wrote about me. Obviously he didn’t, but his accurately captured my thoughts and my feelings. Feelings I had been feeling slightly guilty for feeling and now, because someone else had recognised it I realised that it was ok to feel the way I do. Cryptic, I know. Read the book to see if it makes you feel like I do.The Mixtape Manifesto: A Pop Culture Confessional by SW Hammond is available now.For more information regarding SW Hammond (@SWHammond) please visit www.swhammond.com.For more information regarding Surf Star Media (@SurfStarMedia) please visit www.surfstarmedia.com.
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I didn't like the writing in this and the way topics were approached at all, so I ended up putting it down.
Quick and light read, the iPad version with photos and graphics was beautiful. The pictures really connect what's happening in each essay and makes it more human. It felt like reading Cosmo Confessions but for people who like music and movies. I thought it was foolish and fun, while also making you think a time or two. Very unique.