by Moby

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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 shelf of musicians’ memoirs that capture not just a scene but an age, and something timeless about the human condition. Push play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698189171
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 490,398
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

Moby is a singer-songwriter, musician, DJ, and photographer. His records have sold 20 million records worldwide. AllMusic called him "one of the most important dance music figures of the early '90s." He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents


Parking Lot, 1976: The Future 3

Section 1 Dirty Mecca, 1989-1990

1 One Hundred Square Feet 9

2 Vegan Cookies 20

3 Night Moves 28

4 Hands in the Air 35

5 Garbage-Filled Shaftway 41

6 Goat-Skin Bucket 45

7 Tic-Tac-Toe with a Chicken 56

8 L Train Conductor 61

9 Orange Sodium Light 65

10 Quarters on Needles 73

11 Bloody Skateboard Wheels 78

12 Wet Socks on the Radiator 87

13 Smeared Black Magic Marker 94

Section 2 Moby Go!, 1990-1992

14 Yams 109

15 Crossed Arms 115

16 Silver Radio 123

17 Black Lacquer 131

18 Baby Food 139

19 Giant Loop of Keys 146

20 Thin Gray Curtains 152

21 Brown Floral Bedspread 164

22 Lights Through The Trees 171

23 Yellow Hard Hat 177

24 Trillions of Miles 185

Section 3 Distortion, 1992-1995

25 Beanbag Chairs 195

26 Plywood Dance Floor 204

27 Sunburn 209

28 Monochromatic Strobes 215

29 Juniper Bush 221

30 Biology Textbook 226

31 Dental Floss 235

32 Lemon Zinger 239

33 Cracks between the Floorboards 246

34 Dust Motes 254

35 Snakes in Cages 255

Section 4 Alcohol Enthusiast, 1995-1997

36 Thousands of Leather Jackets 265

37 A Mullet the Size of a Poodle 271

38 Neon-Green Muppet Monster Fur 278

39 Ants and Thumbnails 289

40 PVC Bodysuit 295

41 Rose-Colored Lights 299

42 Wet Sweater 304

43 Sugarcane Fields 311

44 Acoustic Foam 319

45 Cheetos on the Casino Floor 325

46 Orange Jacket 330

47 Condensation on Freezing Glass 337

48 Dark Water 346

49 Eighteen Inches of Mud 352

50 Stagnant Green Water 357

Section 5 The Rave's Progress, 1997-1999

51 Oak Trees 367

52 Wedding Reception 373

53 Rain on the Skylights 379

54 Windowless Bedroom 384

55 Chair with Cigarette Burns 389

56 Melting Pools of Snow 392

57 Beige Camry 396

Afterword 405

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Porcelain 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed being able to re-live the 90’s club scene through his words but felt that there was a whole other Half missing such as the success of plAy and his resurgence into the electronic music world, or how about reaction to events that took place such as m.alig charge or the wtc attack considering he gave a whole chapter on the windows on the world partying scene. Felt like an incomplete ending. Also would like to know what happened with his fAith/ sobriety.
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