Rob Sheffield is a contributor to Rolling Stone, regularly shows up to discuss pop culture on VH1, and is an author who writes about music and the connections people make with each other through music. His books include Love Is a Mix Tape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut. His latest book is titled Turn Around Bright Eyes: A Karaoke Journey of Starting Over, Falling in Love, and Finding Your Voice.
In this interview Sheffield talks about what makes a good karaoke venue, the "karaoke code," and even how the comaraderie of it can help people cope with tragedy.
For further listening, here's a playlist of some of the songs mentioned, and other epic karaoke tunes.