Porcelain: A Memoir

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Porcelain: A Memoir
Moby's face on a black background
Cover to the hardcover edition
Author Moby
Audio read by Moby
Country United States
Language English
Subject
Genre Memoir
Set in 1990s New York City
Publisher Penguin Press
Publication date
17 May 2016 (2016-05-17)
Media type
Pages 416
ISBN 978-1-59420-642-9 (hardcover first edition)
OCLC 919858692
782.42166092
Website Official website Edit this at Wikidata

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,[1] 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.[2]

Plot[edit]

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.[3][2] 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,[4] 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.

Reception[edit]

The book has received positive reviews from critics and authors. Rock critic Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune called the book "exceptional and incisive".[3] 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."[5]

Music from Porcelain[edit]

Music from Porcelain
Compilation album mixtape by Moby and various artists
Released 17 May 2016 (2016-05-17)
Recorded Various
Studio Various
Genre
Language
  • English
  • instrumental
Label Little Idiot
Producer Various
Compiler Moby
Moby chronology
Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
(2016)
''Music from Porcelain
(2016)
These Systems Are Failing
(2016)

To coincide with the release of the book, Moby assembled a compilation of songs he recorded during the period the book covers as well as a mixtape of others' music.

Track listing[edit]

Moby music
  1. "Mobility"
  2. "Go!" (woodtick mix)
  3. "Ah Ah"
  4. "Next Is the E"
  5. "Rock the House"
  6. "Thousand"
  7. "Feeling So Real"
  8. "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters"
  9. "Come On Baby"
  10. "That's When I Reach for My Revolver"
  11. "Honey"
  12. "Natural Blues"
  13. "Bodyrock"
  14. "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"
  15. "Porcelain"
More music
  1. Raze – "Break 4 Love"
  2. 808 State – "Pacific State"
  3. A Tribe Called Quest – "Scenario"
  4. Precious – "Definition of a Track"
  5. Jungle Brothers – "I’ll House You"
  6. Audio 2 – "Top Billing"
  7. Aly-us – "Follow Me"
  8. Big Daddy Kane – "Raw"
  9. Darryl McDaniels – "Pause"
  10. Joey Beltram – "Energy Flash"
  11. T.99 – "Anasthesia" (Out of History mix)
  12. Dream Frequency – "Feel So Real"
  13. Jaydee – "Plastic Dreams"
  14. Strafe – "Set It Off"

References[edit]

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