Porcelain

Porcelain

A Memoir

Book - 2016
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An iconic musician, Moby provides a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor, and unlikely success. He traces his life as a DJ in the New York club scene; discusses the wretched (yet somehow hilarious) excesses of success; and explores how his passion for his music has steered him through some very rough seas.
From Moby, one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, comes a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor, and unlikely success. It's 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. -- adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781594206429 (hardcover)
1594206422 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: B MOBY
Characteristics: 406 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm

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StaffPickles Jan 24, 2017

Kim’s Pick: This one’s for Moby fans – like I was in my youth. It is a tome of a book only really covering a decade of his life, starting as an emerging musician. At times there’s a little bit too much information, even for a fan of this dance music icon and animal rights activist (want to know what Moby ate for breakfast or who he got it on with?) He has amazing recall, including verbatim dialogue, and transports the reader to the New York music scene and vibe of the 90sthat he showcases .. along with his dichotomous life between wholesomeness and debauchery as he struggles with himself. Here, he posits himself as a “love me warts and all” character. And this book is only Part 1, before he went big with Play!

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daysleeper236
Dec 06, 2016

Moby is an excellent writer, and reading this book while listening to his music creates a special kind of magic. His memoir is self-deprecating, honest, frequently hilarious, neurotic, insecure and completely fascinating. Highly recommended.

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smichal
Sep 05, 2016

Moby's style of book writing is just like his music. Just a bunch of samples from different periods in his life.. not really a narrative.. doesn't reveal much, really...and the drinking and sex talk was tiresome.

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OpenBook3000
Sep 04, 2016

I loved this book. Moby's descriptive style and honesty are a pleasure to read - always entertaining although some of his stories made me uncomfortable.

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Jeffsuke
Aug 08, 2016

A memoir of Moby's struggle to establish himself in the music world.
Personal and filled with what many would say is TMI, I found it well written, filled with humor and insight. The insight is into his personal life and not really concentrated on his art.
I look forward to volume 2 and his path to stardom and hopefully some details on his creative process and inspiration.

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stephaniedchase
Jul 01, 2016

While the end of the book flags a bit (not sure how many drunk Moby stories I really need to read), the vast majority of the book is a fascinating look at a New York -- and a music scene -- that no longer exists. Moby is unflinching in describing his faults, his fascinations, and his insecurities. If you are hoping PORCELAIN will tell you more about how Moby makes his music, you'll be disappointed; if you want to know the answer to why for a sliver of time in his life, you'll very much enjoy.

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daysleeper236
Dec 06, 2016

daysleeper236 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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