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Porcelain

A Memoir
By: Moby
Narrated by: Moby
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (444 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Honest and intimate

Moby speaks openly about his failures, triumphs, and failures again. Candid yet charming, and not a tell-all about all the people he knows and how famous he is. Can't wait for part two.

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Why did it have to end!?

I am a lover of music which made this book all the more fascinating to listen to. It would have been a good book even if you aren’t into his music.

Hearing more about the musician and the state of mind he was in as he created music was a treat. This book was really about moby first and music second. But music is what moby cares about so the whole thing fed on itself. He did a good job maintaining a mostly linear timeline but weaving things from his past at certain moments where they would have more impact.

It was fun hearing about all his adventures on tours and in clubs. He came across deeply honest with his failures and insecurities which always makes a book more personable.

I could imagine listening to this book a second time maybe in a year or so.

As he told his story I would stop the book and listen to whatever song he had just created and then go back to the story. To be honest this is my only disappointment, I wish his songs where in there to listen to with his stories. I assume lawyers and music contracts would not allow that but it’d be neat if it were possible or if there’s a sequel.

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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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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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so awesome in so many ways.

Moby reading his own writing, a trip down memory lane for me musically and the fact that Moby pulls no punches when describing his life make this book great. Moby's self-employed effacing humor keeps things balanced and adds a lightness.

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Brilliant

I really enjoyed this book filled with great stories and a ruch of honest emotions.

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Yes, please read!

I might have given it five stars all the way across, because it was a great piece of interesting history. I mean not just about Moby's life, but he gave insight to what other people were like back in the day. The only thing I think I grew tired of listening to was basically what I'll call Moby's sex-capades and excessive drinking. It just didn't really add to the story, despite it all seemed very consensual and safe, but I'm still surprised that Moby didn't catch a bunch of venereal diseases or HIV or die of liver disease.

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Moby- my iconic hero.

I liked this book bc it was about Moby. Nothing less of that or greater. It profoundly
Touched my heart and soul. Here he describes his life, coming of age to iconic stardom. May God bless him. He is raw, natural and I just want to say to him”Moby?
It’s alright and everything will be ok”.