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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER! An album-by-album celebration of the life and music of Mac Miller through oral histories, intimate reflections, and critical examinations of his enduring work. “One of my most vivid memories of him is the way he would look at you while he was playing you a song. He tried to look you right in the eyes to see how you were feeling about it.” —Will INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER! An album-by-album celebration of the life and music of Mac Miller through oral histories, intimate reflections, and critical examinations of his enduring work. “One of my most vivid memories of him is the way he would look at you while he was playing you a song. He tried to look you right in the eyes to see how you were feeling about it.” —Will Kalson, friend and first manager Following Mac Miller’s tragic passing in 2018, Donna-Claire Chesman dedicated a year to chronicling his work through the unique lens of her relationship to the music and Mac’s singular relationship to his fans. Like many who’d been following him since he’d started releasing mixtapes at eighteen years old, she felt as if she’d come of age alongside the rapidly evolving artist, with his music being crucial to her personal development. “I want people to remember his humanity as they’re listening to the music, to realize how much bravery and courage it takes to be that honest, be that self-aware, and be that real about things going on internally. He let us witness that entire journey. He never hid that.” —Kehlani, friend and musician. The project evolved to include intimate interviews with many of Mac’s closest friends and collaborators, from his Most Dope Family in Pittsburgh to the producers and musicians who assisted him in making his everlasting music, including Big Jerm, Rex Arrow, Wiz Khalifa, Benjy Grinberg, Just Blaze, Josh Berg, Syd, Thundercat, and more. These voices, along with the author’s commentary, provide a vivid and poignant portrait of this astonishing artist—one who had just released a series of increasingly complex albums, demonstrating what a musical force he was and how heartbreaking it was to lose him. “As I’m reading the lyrics, it’s crazy. It’s him telling us that he hopes we can always respect him. I feel like this is a message from him, spiritually. A lot of the time, his music was like little letters and messages to his friends, family, and people he loved, to remind them of who he really was.” —Quentin Cuff, best friend and tour manager.


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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER! An album-by-album celebration of the life and music of Mac Miller through oral histories, intimate reflections, and critical examinations of his enduring work. “One of my most vivid memories of him is the way he would look at you while he was playing you a song. He tried to look you right in the eyes to see how you were feeling about it.” —Will INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER! An album-by-album celebration of the life and music of Mac Miller through oral histories, intimate reflections, and critical examinations of his enduring work. “One of my most vivid memories of him is the way he would look at you while he was playing you a song. He tried to look you right in the eyes to see how you were feeling about it.” —Will Kalson, friend and first manager Following Mac Miller’s tragic passing in 2018, Donna-Claire Chesman dedicated a year to chronicling his work through the unique lens of her relationship to the music and Mac’s singular relationship to his fans. Like many who’d been following him since he’d started releasing mixtapes at eighteen years old, she felt as if she’d come of age alongside the rapidly evolving artist, with his music being crucial to her personal development. “I want people to remember his humanity as they’re listening to the music, to realize how much bravery and courage it takes to be that honest, be that self-aware, and be that real about things going on internally. He let us witness that entire journey. He never hid that.” —Kehlani, friend and musician. The project evolved to include intimate interviews with many of Mac’s closest friends and collaborators, from his Most Dope Family in Pittsburgh to the producers and musicians who assisted him in making his everlasting music, including Big Jerm, Rex Arrow, Wiz Khalifa, Benjy Grinberg, Just Blaze, Josh Berg, Syd, Thundercat, and more. These voices, along with the author’s commentary, provide a vivid and poignant portrait of this astonishing artist—one who had just released a series of increasingly complex albums, demonstrating what a musical force he was and how heartbreaking it was to lose him. “As I’m reading the lyrics, it’s crazy. It’s him telling us that he hopes we can always respect him. I feel like this is a message from him, spiritually. A lot of the time, his music was like little letters and messages to his friends, family, and people he loved, to remind them of who he really was.” —Quentin Cuff, best friend and tour manager.

30 review for The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Michael

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2/10 This book is incredibly disappointing. I was expecting some sort of biography/ inner look into Macs works, but instead the book kicks off with a look into the writers life, who I’m sure is a great person, but let’s be honest, is not the person we care about when reading a book on Mac Miller. It would be like buying a biography on Van Gogh and the first chapter is about why the writer likes Van Gogh. Who cares? So then when I found out it was more about the albums, I was exited to read about 2/10 This book is incredibly disappointing. I was expecting some sort of biography/ inner look into Macs works, but instead the book kicks off with a look into the writers life, who I’m sure is a great person, but let’s be honest, is not the person we care about when reading a book on Mac Miller. It would be like buying a biography on Van Gogh and the first chapter is about why the writer likes Van Gogh. Who cares? So then when I found out it was more about the albums, I was exited to read about the backgrounds of his projects, how they got started, his inspirations, his life up to that point- nope. It’s more like the writer picks their four or five favorite songs from each album, poetically explains them and then poetically explains Mac as a person. Which is cool, like I’m glad people love Mac Miller so much like that, but I wanted to learn more about him as a person and artist. I also feel like the book is unfairly divided and unfocused. There’s 44 pages on K.I.D.S and 14 on The Divine Feminine. There’s almost no discussion about how Mac was branching into genres away from rap and flexing his singing. Also, it’s been a longtime rumor that TDF was the only album in the latter half of his career that he created sober. I would have loved if the author could have delved into that rumor and found out if it was true or not, as it would have given us insight into what a sober Mac Miller could do (if the rumor was true). This is not a book to read if you want to learn and expand your love of Mac Miller. This is a book to read if you are a super fan and want to read the perspective of another super fan.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steven Homar

    I will preface my review by also saying this was the only book I have ever pre-ordered, I waited for months for this book to come out and was so excited to have a piece of literature written about Mac Miller. Unfortunately I personally felt like the book fell short of it's full potential. At times I wasn't even sure what I was reading and felt lost in what felt like a teenage girls over romanticized diary about her celebrity crush, I expected more of a biography and this was not it (maybe that wa I will preface my review by also saying this was the only book I have ever pre-ordered, I waited for months for this book to come out and was so excited to have a piece of literature written about Mac Miller. Unfortunately I personally felt like the book fell short of it's full potential. At times I wasn't even sure what I was reading and felt lost in what felt like a teenage girls over romanticized diary about her celebrity crush, I expected more of a biography and this was not it (maybe that was my fault). The interviews of friends,family,and co-workers are excellent but the authors attempt to relate to the music with her own personal experiences in between all the interviews just seemed a bit much at times and "muddied" up alot of this book. We all listened to Mac for our own reasons but the whole time reading this book it felt like the author was portraying that she had the most validated reasons to be listening to Mac and noone could relate to him like she could. By the end of the book it was just borderline annoying to read and I just couldn't wait to be done with it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leah Rachel von Essen

    I was an early reader of this astounding, gorgeous book of essays and interviews about Mac Miller, his art, and his legacy. Coming out October 26.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danny Rosenberg

    I think the author put it best in her interview on Dissect when she said that those of us who had the privilege of growing up with and to Mac and his music have a special bond with him, albeit one that is not unique. Because when we lost Mac Miller, we all felt like we lost a best friend – even those of us who never knew him. But that was his beauty, and his legacy lives on through the essays and interviews in this book. A must-read for any Mac fan.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Williams

    I am SO SAD to give this book one star, knowing it's the only one that has the family's blessing.... but my God, who the hell gave Donna-Claire Chesman an authority to write?! This book is like a presentation for a masters degree on Mac Miller, where this woman who says she's a fan deciphers each of her favorite songs from Mac's album. While doing so refers to Mac as Malcom (had she been a true fan she would remember the lyric "don't call me Malcom if you didn't fuc**ng know me then"). Her presen I am SO SAD to give this book one star, knowing it's the only one that has the family's blessing.... but my God, who the hell gave Donna-Claire Chesman an authority to write?! This book is like a presentation for a masters degree on Mac Miller, where this woman who says she's a fan deciphers each of her favorite songs from Mac's album. While doing so refers to Mac as Malcom (had she been a true fan she would remember the lyric "don't call me Malcom if you didn't fuc**ng know me then"). Her presentation was a failure in epic proportions and if I could rate this book a half star I would. It was TERRIBLE listening to the way she described each of Miller's songs. I have been a die hard fan since the beginning of Miller and as I read each of Chesmans essays professing her love for Miller's work I could not help but wonder if truly that's how Miller would have wanted these songs deciphered. Unbelievably bad. Around page 200 I started to skip Chesmans bulls**t essays and only read the blurbs from Miller's crew. This made the book 100x better, but the quotes (although had highly valuable information in them) were terribly arranged. It honestly made me angry at the injustice I felt she provided to the fans who were awaiting the bio that had the family's blessing. I hope one day a real Mac Miller bio will come out !

  6. 5 out of 5

    Purrincess Cat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read this in one go. It was great bc I love Mac and his music takes me back to some of my best times in Uni. At first I was skeptical because the author connected an equal amount of hers and his life while I was prepared to read about him. It quickly sucked me in after the Kids chapters though and focused a lot on his progression through his albums. I also appreciated how the author didn’t mention his relationships at all (a few times names are mentioned in testimonials from others), the sole fo Read this in one go. It was great bc I love Mac and his music takes me back to some of my best times in Uni. At first I was skeptical because the author connected an equal amount of hers and his life while I was prepared to read about him. It quickly sucked me in after the Kids chapters though and focused a lot on his progression through his albums. I also appreciated how the author didn’t mention his relationships at all (a few times names are mentioned in testimonials from others), the sole focus was his music and how it progressed. It doesn’t read as gossip heavy novel but rather a thorough, non pretentious analysis of his music from a true fan. On page 240 though I was a little frustrated with the account of Mac’s death from Vic being “purely an accident. He wasn’t on a bad streak. He wasn’t doing drugs.” On page 239 he said “a lot of people talk about his ‘addiction’ which wasn’t one at all.” I think this does a disservice to Mac and others struggling through addiction. Denying his issues does not canonize him. Admitting them humanizes him which was the overlying emphasis of the entire book. He always wanted to not only portray, but be one of us.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Austen Dalquist

    Mac Miller is my favorite artist and this book was the most anticipated one of my life…. Unfortunately, it was not that good. I love the sentiment and the idea behind it… the author related Mac’s works to her life and then interviewed producers, other artists, and friends… but I believe this book could have been so much better if the author got out of the way and let Mac tell the story. I believe the book could be better if it went through the entirety of Mac’s life from birth to death, had more Mac Miller is my favorite artist and this book was the most anticipated one of my life…. Unfortunately, it was not that good. I love the sentiment and the idea behind it… the author related Mac’s works to her life and then interviewed producers, other artists, and friends… but I believe this book could have been so much better if the author got out of the way and let Mac tell the story. I believe the book could be better if it went through the entirety of Mac’s life from birth to death, had more Mac interviews and moments, and had family / close friends interview for it. I know there are countless stories, lives touched, events… the list goes on. I also thought the organization was poor. Jumbling between the author’s experiences and interviews with producers and artists that flipped back and forth. Overall I’m disappointed, and have a hard time recommending it to other Mac heads…

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emīls Ozoliņš

    The book itself isn’t that great. It’s not a biography, nor it’s much of a concise go-through his albums. Honestly, if I had to describe it, I couldn’t. It’s essays and interview pieces jammed together about the particular album of Malcolm’s. The lengths aren’t consistent by any means, and it’s a bit of a mess. But I love Mac Miller and anything that expands my knowledge of his creative work, so I loved it anyway.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alec T

    Can't wait to read this one. A book endorsed by the family and written by someone Can't wait to read this one. A book endorsed by the family and written by someone

  10. 4 out of 5

    Celia A

    Amazing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Carlile

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid Iverson

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Rowan Colleary

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    Taylor Frattini

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    Jay Fawler

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    Keenan Cronyn

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Rabyj

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dom Mueller

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Davidson

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    Roody Blacc

  24. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dominica

  26. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Pettis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley

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    Eder Aguilar

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    Kevin Aaseth

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    Herbie

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