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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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    “A lovingly composed new memoir that tracks his journey from living in an abandoned factory in Connecticut to playing the hottest clubs in New York and Europe.... Porcelain reads like an intimate meditation on the various contradictions Moby has resolved over the course of his 50 years: his Christian faith vs. his hedonistic streak; his hunger for stardom vs. his retiring nature; his respect for ambition vs. his deep belief in luck. The book is also a tender ode to a vanished New York City.” (Los Angeles Times)

    “As much a portrait of downtown Manhattan in the late ‘80s and ‘90s as it is an iconoclastic artist’s coming-of-age story, this raucous, candid memoir will fascinate the electronic musician’s many fans.” (People)

    Porcelain vividly evokes a certain place and time - specifically, New York in the ’90s. It simultaneously presents a portrait of its author that’s withering in the extreme. At the same time, it offers a perfect freeze-frame of downtown New York in the Dinkins to early Giuliani years, when far more of the cherished stench of ’70s and ’80s city lingered than some may remember.” (New York Observer)

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    A Great Book!

    I listened to this book in 4 days. It's been a real treat delving into Mobyland. There's a wonderful historical perspective of New York's rave scene at the end of the 80s and early 90s. His struggles and successes are fascinating and relatable. I liked Moby before, having listened to his music for years. Now I love Moby and look forward to his second book. You don't have to be a Moby fan to enjoy this book. However, you may well become one if you purchase.

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    Moby is one of the people who really grow all the time, therefore and for so much insight and sharing, i respect him and his honesty, he is an inspiration

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    Enttäuscht

    Künstlerbiographien sind für gewöhnlich voller spannender, interessanter Anekdoten und Hintergrundinfirmationen für die Werke des Künstlers. Recht sicher liegt es an Mobys monotonen Vorlesen, dass jede Geschichte gleich (langweilig) klingt. Es kommt keine Stimmung auf, eine Absturzgeschichte trägt er in gleicher Weise vor, wie den Tod seiner Mutter. Auch inhaltlich ist das Buch kein Gewinn. Der Erfahrungsfundus wird vorgetragen, zu wenig reflektiert, kaum Kritik oder Selbstkritik.
    Seine Musik ist mir deutlich lieber, als sein Werk in Schrift. Schade.

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    Wonderful

    Thank you Moby, for showing Manhattan in the early 90s. I lived there as a fearless german girl in 1989 for a couple of years and your descriptions are so real. I find your writing wonderful. I hope you will not stop doing it.

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    great

    inspiring, self-centered, critical, thoughtful, well written, different, beautiful, silent, deserving, explanatory, weird, friendly, bald, bold.

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    Es ist alles da.

    Wer Musiker-Biographien liest, möchte ein Portrait der Herkunft des Künstlers und den Zeitgeist seiner Jugend erfahren, und die aussichtslosen Anfänge, die überraschenden ersten Erfolge und das verzweifelte Gefühl des Kontrollverlusts beim gewaltigen Durchbruch nachfühlen. All dies findet sich in „Porcelain“, vergleichsweise monoton, aber angenehm authentisch vom Autor selbst gelesen – meinem Empfinden nach ein großer Gewinn für jede Autobiographie. Eine wirklich schöne Geschichte, mit viel subtilem Humor und self-deprecation vorgetragen. Gerade ist Moby im Keller seines neuen Apartments auf Iggy Pop getroffen, die Beasty Boys proben im gleichen Haus. Volle Punktzahl.