Porcelain: A Memoir
Cover to the hardcover edition
|Audio read by||Moby|
|Set in||1990s New York City|
|17 May 2016|
|ISBN||978-1-59420-642-9 (hardcover first edition)|
Porcelain: A Memoir is a 2016 memoir by American house musician Moby. Covering his youth in the 1970s until his worldwide success in the late 1990s with Play, the book also discusses the author's spiritual struggles as a Christian, initial avoidance of and eventual recreational drug use, and interest in animal rights and veganism. The book has been met favorably by critics. He has plans for a future volume covering the following decade.
Chapters are centered around short stories, which Moby modeled after the sort of casual conversations that he would have at a bar, intending each one to end with a defined punch line. The book opens in 1976 with the author as a youth living with his mother in Darien and Stratford, Connecticut. After discussing some of his foundational memories of popular music, including Led Zeppelin and disco, the book jumps ahead to 1989, after he has been living in an abandoned factory for two years. He eventually ends up doing regular gigs DJing at New York house clubs such as Limelight and Mars and begins recording his first songs as Voodoo Child. The book follows his personal relationships and recording career as he tours internationally in the mid 1990s and eventually becomes famous with the release of Play in 1998.
The book has received positive reviews from critics and authors. Rock critic Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune called the book "exceptional and incisive". The New York Journal of Books review by Paul LaRosa calls Moby a "shrewd, thoughtful, and insightful" author and ends, "This memoir has plenty of charm and if you grew up in the ’90s, this one’s for you. If not, well, it’s not THAT charming."
Music from Porcelain
|Music from Porcelain|
|Compilation album mixtape by Moby and various artists|
|Released||17 May 2016|
- Moby music
- "Go!" (woodtick mix)
- "Ah Ah"
- "Next Is the E"
- "Rock the House"
- "Feeling So Real"
- "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters"
- "Come On Baby"
- "That's When I Reach for My Revolver"
- "Natural Blues"
- "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"
- More music
- Raze – "Break 4 Love"
- 808 State – "Pacific State"
- A Tribe Called Quest – "Scenario"
- Precious – "Definition of a Track"
- Jungle Brothers – "I’ll House You"
- Audio 2 – "Top Billing"
- Aly-us – "Follow Me"
- Big Daddy Kane – "Raw"
- Darryl McDaniels – "Pause"
- Joey Beltram – "Energy Flash"
- T.99 – "Anasthesia" (Out of History mix)
- Dream Frequency – "Feel So Real"
- Jaydee – "Plastic Dreams"
- Strafe – "Set It Off"
- Connelly, Sherryl (May 7, 2016). "Moby Dishes on Music Stardom, Debauchery and Finding God in Porcelain, a Whale of a Memoir". New York Daily News.
- Sawyer, Miranda (May 21, 2016). "Moby: 'There Were Bags of Drugs, I Was Having Sex with a Stranger'". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group.
- Kot, Greg (May 11, 2016). "Moby's Porcelain Memoir Is Exceptional and Incisive". Chicago Tribune.
- Leight, Elias (May 17, 2016). "10 Things We Learned from Moby's Hedonistic Memoir About Early DJ Years". Rolling Stone.
- LaRosa, Paul (May 16, 2016). "A Book Review by Paul LaRosa: Porcelain: A Memoir". The New York Journal of Books.
- Official website
- An extract from The Guardian
- Audio interview for On Point
- Audio interview with WBUR