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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 list of musicians' memoirs that capture not just a scene but an age and something timeless about the human condition. Push "play".

©2016 Moby (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Such a great listen

I hated finishing this book what a super well written and interesting book... Get it its awesome!

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Fantastic!

Having known nothing about Moby before getting this book I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even got my wife to listen to it on a long trip and we were laughing as we drove.

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Loved it!

I was a big fan of Moby as a teen in the early 90s. i loved the accounts of his life growing up and through that time. Very well written. Some of his analogies had me cracking up.

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Moby awkwardly talks about himself having sex too much

I just wanted him to stop talking about how he had sex. They weren't interesting sex stories nor meaningful to him...they were just simply repetitive anecdotes that he had had sex. Really strange.

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Total surprise ! Loved it !

One of the best audiobooks I have listened to . Thanks to Sulmon Rushdi who recommended this on NY times . Brutally honest and beautifully written . Very funny and sad at the same time . I like Moby even more now .

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Genuinely, surprisingly excellent

I think a memoir like this takes courage. Moby could have focused on the global superstar years but instead pulls back the curtain on some truly humbling lowlights. I saw him at First Avenue during a down time in his career, it was as he said it was.

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I liked hearing about his life.....but jeezeeee...

Where is some break in the monotony of his really flat life. No love no joy no depth or intimacy. I am sort of sorry and completely surprised I finished it.

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Didn't want to stop listening

The book starts off liking his character (aka him) how hard artists work to get where they are at. The stories are so great and entertaining. As he hits fame and stardom it's crazy how you start to dislike the character (Moby) but one can relate to him because it's the rise and fall to fame but he never loses his humility and humbleness. I'm excited to hear what happen next in his career and no matter what he always stays true to his passion. Loved the book and would listen to it again!

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ended too soon

Great telling of his early years, but I'm really curious to hear the rest. when does volume 2 come out?

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Best read in years!

This was a fascinating and personal look into the music culture of my generation and the life of a DJ. Moby's honest, funny, gentle and charismatic personality translates beautifully in this book. The icing on the cake is having him deliver his story as the narrator. Nicely done Moby, I'm proud of you and grateful. ✨🙏🏽✨❤️🔊