From one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, a piercingly tender, funny and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor and unlikely success out of the NYC club scene of the late '80s and '90s.
There were many reasons Moby was never going to make it as a DJ and musician in the New York club scene. This was the New York of Palladium; of Mars, Limelight, and Twilo; of unchecked, drug-fueled hedonism in pumping clubs where dance music was still largely underground, popular chiefly among working-class African Americans and Latinos. And then there was Moby - not just a poor, skinny white kid from Connecticut but a devout Christian, a vegan, and a teetotaler. He would learn what it was to be spat on, to live on almost nothing. But it was perhaps the last good time for an artist to live on nothing in New York City: the age of AIDS and crack but also of a defiantly festive cultural underworld. Not without drama, he found his way.
But success was not uncomplicated; it led to wretched, if in hindsight sometimes hilarious, excess and proved all too fleeting. And so by the end of the decade, Moby contemplated an end in his career and elsewhere in his life and put that emotion into what he assumed would be his swan song, his good-bye to all that, the album that would in fact be the beginning of an astonishing new phase: the multimillion-selling Play. At once bighearted and remorseless in its excavation of a lost world, Porcelain is both a chronicle of a city and a time and a deeply intimate exploration of finding one's place during the most gloriously anxious period in life, when you're on your own, betting on yourself, but have no idea how the story ends, and so you live with the honest dread that you're one false step from being thrown out on your face.
Moby's voice resonates with honesty, wit and, above all, an unshakable passion for his music that steered him through some very rough seas. Porcelain is about making it, losing it, loving it and hating it. It's about finding your people, your place, thinking you've lost them both and then, somehow, when you think it's over, from a place of well-earned despair, creating a masterpiece. As a portrait of the young artist, Porcelain is a masterpiece in its own right, fit for the short shelf of musicians' memoirs that capture not just a scene but an age and something timeless about the human condition. Push play.
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"Even the most the most bizarre scenes are relayed with a deadpan charm." (New York Daily News)
"...self-deprecating, hilarious and moving...." (Chicago Tribune)
"Moby's writing comes alive when delving into the creative process of producing his music.... A distinctive addition to the recent spate of well-written memoirs by contemporary musicians." (Kirkus Reviews)
Not knowing much about Moby other than that I liked his music it was a great surprise to here him talk so honestly about the highs and lows on the lead up to his mainstream success. Highly recommend to all.
Great book charting Moby's rise through the electronic music scene. I hope there is a second instalment detailing the remainder of Moby's career as this book ended quite abruptly. Having said that, I loved the book and would definitely recommend to any fan of Moby or electronic music.
the start was great and the early years are quite interesting but for the second half of the book I was waiting for it to get to the good part and it just didn't. There seemed to be a lot of repetitive recounting of identical evenings that added nothing. it ends before the release of Play so there's nothing about the experience of that level of success and fame. I'm happy to have read it but I would recommend several other memoirs over this one.
This is a excellent audio of Porcelain, fantastically read by the legend himself Moby. loved to here about the start of his life and his rise to fame and stardom. It was a strange ending though guess there going to be a second book. I do hope so
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A celebrity memoir which was actually written by the celebrity are pretty few and far between right now and I think this comes across when listening to audio version, there's a real sincerity in his voice, like a old friend recalling stories from a miss spent youth. Really hope the second memoir doesn't take too long to hit the shelves!
It was a revealing read about 80's 90's New York and global dance scene through the ironic lense of Moby. Excessively self depreciating at times but also laugh out loud amusing. Moby is a uniquely self styled hybrid of diametrically opposed views & traits making his oft times hypocritical actions entertaining. Was left with loads of unanswered questions at the end of the 90's for both him and the reader so I assume he intends to follow up with the next two decades.
A fascinating slice of a fascinating life. Moby's dead pan delivery blends out highs of techno stardom with crushing reality and is an ethereal soundtrack to a vivid life.
Thoroughly enjoyable for those wanting to live life their own way. With or without vegetables.
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