Friday, September 30, 2016


Porcelain: A Memoir by Moby, 406 pages

Electronic artist Moby (best known for his 1999 album Play) recalls his professional career, from the days of living with squatters in a former factory in Connecticut while dreaming of being a NYC deejay to touring the world for his first album, from awkwardly and soberly dancing at raves to the creation of Play. It's a fascinating story, filled with more debauchery than you'd probably expect from the bald vegan. He makes clear his dedication to animal rights, as well as his evolving religious beliefs only rarely coming across as holier-than-thou; indeed, when he tells a story in which he does seem uppity, he quickly checks himself. I'm not sure I could handle the rockstar lifestyle he lived in the 1990s (which is when this memoir largely takes place), and I get the feeling that some of the stories are a bit embellished (nobody can remember their conversations, much less the exact words, when they're eight tequila shots into a full night of partying), but it was still an enjoyable read.

Bonus for audiobook listeners: Moby reads it himself, and provides the opening and closing music.

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