Moby Embarks On Book Tour

The highly influential electronic music producer Moby has written a new book, and will be embarking across North America to promote the publication. At the events, some of which are free, the Harlem native will read from the book, hold Q&A sessions with local moderators and, of course, be signing books.

Photo: Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic for Electric Forest
Electric Forest, Double JJ Resort, Rothbury, Mich.

In “Porcelain: A Memoir, Moby describes his experiences coming up through the underground dance music scene of the late ’80s and ’90s, his own poverty and the environment that nurtured the music that would eventually make him famous. In his own words: “Porcelain” is about my life from 1989-1999, but it’s also about New York as it transitioned from being a broken, dirty city to the bizarre and stratospherically expensive city it’s become.”

Moby published a number of essays in the liner notes of his albums Play and Everything is Wrong has addressed such themes as veganism, the criminal justice system and religion.

The dance music mainstay has not released a “conventional” album since 2013’s Innocents, but he recently shared four hours of ambient music, titled Long Ambients 1: calm. sleep. The music, mostly synth sounds without drums is available for free download at Moby’s website.

His albums Play and 18 brought mainstream success and led to his selling more than 20 million albums. He has toured internationally and is credited by AllMusic as bringing electronic dance music to a large audiences in North America and the UK. During his career he collaborated with the likes of David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Daft Punk.

Here are the dates from the book signings, many of which are free:

May 17 – New York, N.Y., Barnes & Noble, union square (Free)
May 18 – Washington D.C., Sixth & I Synagogue (Free)
May 19 – Philadelphia, Pa., The Free Library (Free)
May 20 – Boston, Ma., Brookline Booksmith (Free)
May 21 – Stamford, Conn., Franklin Street Works (Free)
May 23 – Minneapolis, Minn,. Magers & Quinn (Free)
May 24 – Chicago, Ill., The Book Cellar
May 26 – Toronto, Ontario, The Berkeley Church
June 19 – Austin, Texas, Bookpeople
June 21 – San Francisco, Calif., The Booksmith @ DNA lounge
June 22 – Portland, Ore. Powell’s City of Books
June 23 – Seattle, Wash., Seattle Public Library
June 24 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Skirball Center
June 30 – Los Angeles, Calif. Skylight Books

More information regarding the upcoming book tour can be found on Moby’s website