Acclaimed musician Moby launched his book tour in New York City on May 17, 2016. The memoir recounts his decade involved in the New York City DJ scene that helped launch his music career. Entitled Porcelain, Moby recounts his lifestyle between the years 1989 and 1999. Appropriately, 1999 is the year his fifth studio album, Play, was released. The sixth single from Play provides the book’s title, and that song helped Play accumulated over 12 million in sales, a feat that made Play the best selling electronica album of all time.
Moby was inspired to write the book after attending a party. He related to one reporter, “I had been at a party in Brooklyn four or five years ago, and I was telling these stories about what New York had been like in the Eighties and early Nineties. The people I was talking to were really fascinated because all of them had just moved to New York in the last few years. Someone said, ‘These stories are interesting. You should probably write them down.’ And that was the genesis of the book.” The stories Moby relates involve the glory of the rave days in New York City and Moby’s own shame, degradation, and alcoholism.
Moby reports some incredible things about his life in his memoir. For example, did you know he spent his early years squatting illegally in an abandoned lock factory? You can check out more in his book and his corresponding CD.