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Then It Fell Apart

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"Somehow this chronicle of a long, dark night of the soul also involves funny stories involving Trump, Putin, and a truly baffling array of degenerates."--Stephen Colbert

What do you do when you realize you have everything you think you've ever wanted but still feel completely empty? What do you do when it all starts to fall apart? The second volume of Moby's extraordinary
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Faber & Faber Social (first published 2019)
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Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, 2019-read
Well, you certainly can't accuse Moby of trying to make himself look good in this book! :-) In a way, his second memoir tells an archetypical story: We hear about his rise to superstardom with "Play" which seems to finally fulfill his wish for boundless validation, but money, sex and drugs can't fill the void within the guy - and believe me, he's trying. With this realization dawning upon him, his life starts to unravel. What makes this book quite good is that although we've all heard this story ...more
Alex Cornetto
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A disclaimer: I am not a Moby fan. Of course, I have a copy of "Play", but that's only as a result of the controversial 1999 government ordnance that every suburban household be issued with a copy. Otherwise, he's simply a figure I best know from advert music, and the occasional appearance on chilled Spotify playlist.

Having said that, Moby's first autobiography, Porcelain, was an unexpected triumph - one of those brilliant music memoirs that touches on the world around it, specifically the dying
Steve Stred
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Net Galley, Moby and the Publisher for the pre-release ARC copy for review!

Then It Fell Apart is the second autobiography by musician Moby and it picks up after his first release Porcelain. I read Porcelain when it came out, being a huge music fan and a big fan of Moby. I dont believe you need to read the first one to follow along, but Id highly recommend you do, simply to enjoy where Moby came from, his musical start and just how hard he had to work to reach any sort of level of
Christopher Blosser
A sad little book, by a sad little man. Big fan of Moby's music, and perhaps I should have expected this -- but as far as rock-star biographies go this came across as even more depressing and vacuous as any that I've read thus far (and I've read a few). Perhaps that was his intent, to capture the sheer boredom of a life of escalating debauchery, but it really could have been summarized in a few bullet points.

Moby is sad.
Moby boasts about how rich he is.
Moby provides an itemized list of drugs
Katie Zarudzki
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2019
I adore Moby and his first book was excellent. This was cringeworthy from cover to cover. I had to force myself to finish it.

Save yourself a read and just know that in between hating himself and buying a lot of real estate, Moby reallllly wants everyone to know he got laid a lot in the 2000s.

If he writes a third book that documents his decade of animal activism I will likely read it...but this...yeah...theres a reason hes been doing nothing but posting apologies on his IG since it came out.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, music
I ended up giving up on this. It did start well I was interested in Moby's childhood struggles, his neglectful parents and the way he was left to his own devices much of the time; it's interesting to see how this sort of childhood boredom can lead to a creative adult. I often wonder if I'd be a writer now if I wasn't bored often as a child (though my parents weren't at all neglectful and they did feed me three times a day!). I was interested in the stuff about fame too, and how he thought the ...more
Amar Pai
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't endorse Moby in any way shape or form-- never liked his music, never liked him as a personality-- but this is an entertaining read. I have a weakness for tales of sex drugs and rock n roll-- rock star debauchery-- and from a prurient point of view this book delivers. He was really living that life! But at the same time the book is compelling because Moby is so pathetic. I dunno it just had me turning the pages. Despite Moby being the epitome of a mediocre white man getting unjustly ...more
Becca Boland
Feb 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book. I had an uneasy feeling the entire time I was reading it. Something didn't feel right about it. It is exceptionally self-serving (but I guess one could argue that a memoir can't be anything but self-serving). Moby had a very rough childhood, yes. It's sometimes hard to read. But everything feels like either "I deserve everything I have because my life was hard" or "how amazing am I for overcoming all of this?"

But, after reading, I read all of the statements by people he referenced in
Jak Krumholtz
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My father-in-law dislikes reading biographies because he tends to come away with negative views of people hed once liked. Moby learning massive rockstar excess wont bury his insecurities made for fascinating tabloid reading that left me sad and reflecting on his state of mind for various career touch points Id enjoyed. Even sharing tea with my future wife in his Kellys humble tea shop now has new meaning. ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars!

I was six years old, my dad was dead, my mom was a hippie, I was poor, and Id just been unceremoniously dumped in a suburban backyard by a stoned, furious motorcycle gang member.

Los Angeles does not have a population of 20 million people, Albert Camus did not kill himself, Ukraine wasnt a country when Moby was young and as Natalie Portman has felt the need to announce publicly, she was actually 18 when she dated Moby and not 20 as he claims. God knows who proof read or edited this
Antony Stubbs
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Needs a squeal! What a cliff hanger...
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
"As I was leaving my hotel the receptionist asked, Do you need validation? She was asking if I wanted the hotel to stamp my valet-parking stub, but for a second I got excited, thinking she was offering to give meaning to my life."

I chose this quote for my review because I felt that it sums up Then It Fell Apart quite nicely. In fact, most of the book seems to be Moby, both at the highest highs and the lowest lows, ever seeking validation from friends, acquaintances and total strangers. An
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, memoir, 2019
My goodness, this is the saddest book Ive read in a very long time. I give it 4 stars because its very well written, and the editing is excellent. Moby writes about his childhood and teen years and those chapters are interspersed with his rock star years after Play was released. How this man is still alive confounds me. My insides hurt just reading about all the booze and drugs he would take on a nightly basis. I would lean towards a 3 star rating because the debauchery parts get so redundant, ...more
Jane Settles cigarran

Moby, that DJ guy that did that song(s) featured in the Adidas, Maxwell House, Volkswagen, Apple, Nokia, ad (ad nauseum) commercials back in the early 2000s. Remember that Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Island"? You don't? Well YouTube the trailer and that's Moby too. Every song on his multi-million selling, career exploding, life creating/destroying 1999 album "Play" was licensed for additional profit, be it a movie, television show or commercial. Elevator "ambient" music
Jan Van Ryswyck
This is probably the most honest biography I have read to date. Moby openly describes both his childhood years as well as his life of debauchery during the 2000 to 2008 timeframe.
I've always been a big fan of his music since the very early days. I think it was 1991 when I bought my very first copy of Go on vinyl (I now own eight different vinyl copies of that specific track alone). Now, I'm a big fan of his writing as well.

I've listened to the audio version of the book. Just as his previous
Mat Davies
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mobys second autobiography focuses on the decade that followed where the 2016 tome Porcelain ended. Post the success of his juggernaut album, Play, this is a no holds barred, often excruciating, long dark night of the soul. Its as much a book about the vapid and banal nature of fame as it is about Mobys search for meaning. A decade that should see him find peace and happiness soon morphs into a descent and fall that seems inevitable and painful. There is no self pity and at times Moby comes over ...more
Amy Brandon
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10s
This was a really great follow up to Porcelain. This book got me thinking a lot about cancel culture. I like writing off assholes as much as the next guy but the truth is everyone makes mistakes. Also Im very tired of being angry. I dont think Moby tries to hide anything or lie about some incredible growth. Its honest and chaotic and so is life. ...more
Brad H
Jul 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hope Moby writes a third book. This one was very disappointing given how good his first book Porcelain was. In this book Moby spends his time name dropping sad and unnecessary stories about every celebrity he's met. I hope a third book will bring a happy ending to his story.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written. 2nd book in what hopefully will be a series. After Nathalie Portman incident Im in doubt which part is non fiction. Some scenes are really detailled... ...more
I really enjoyed this second part of his autobiography than the first one. There were a lot more amusing celebrity stories. Also more of Moby's humor. The first volume felt very dark to me. This was much better, although still a little weird to bop back and forth from the 70's in Conneticut to the 90's New York City. It also took a little getting used to with his constant need for companionship through the 90's. We're all lonely at times, but he comes off as very needy.
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently saw a famous author on twitter completely incredulous at the idea of a Moby biography being interesting. He joked that veganism and yoga hardly made for key ingredients in a rock n roll tell all but it turns out Moby has a very dark side after all. Alternating between his childhood and the explosion of fame that accompanied the success of multi million selling album Play, Moby finds that getting everything you wished for isnt always what its cracked up to be. Growing up dirt poor he ...more
Jason Pyrz
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm discovering I might have a thing for memoirs written by people who go from average beginnings to superstardom. I recently read But Seriously by Phil Collins, and now this one, by Moby. While Phil Collins seemingly kept himself somewhat clean during his stratosphere days, Moby most definitely did not, and it was fascinating to get a glimpse into that lifestyle from the person who lived it and ultimately was able to wake up from it. I really liked this - this is one of the few books that could ...more
Niklas Pivic
Moby's first autobiography, "Porcelain", covered his life in New York City from 1989 to 1999. This book carries on from 1999, slightly onwards until 2008.

Most autobiographies by pop musicians capture glib, filtered-out moments in a musician's life, for example, Neil Strauss' book on Mötley Crüe, and others plod along while losing the plot to what a ghostwriter hoped would be glimmers that would carry a book over any obstacles, e.g. that very same book.

Moby circumvents this slightly. First, I
Katy Wheatley
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume of Moby's autobiography takes up where Porcelain left off and begins with the astonishing success of his album, Play and charts the ten years he soared to global stardom and then self destructed. It's really well written. He's engaging and the material is certainly eye opening. I like the way the book toggles between his childhood and his adult life, linking the episodes together to show where some of his more self destructive traits came from. Ultimately the book is pretty sad, ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A work of fiction.
Mark Farley
Subtitle: How to Model for Calvin Klein and Be a Millionaire While Looking Like Mr. Potato Head With the Charisma of a Dry Roasted Peanut

(Disclaimer: In only the few weeks since this book has been released, both Lana Del Rey and Natalie Portman have come out and said that the author is pretty much a bald faced (and headed, I assume), little liar. Immediately, the author pulled out of all appearances and retreated back into whatever ethical hipster joint is in vogue that week to create more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of course, the book reviewing gods never meant for me to read Porcelain before this book. But it really plugs me back into the times when Moby was a household name. Collecting every CD single off "Play" was the must-do thing for me, even though it had been several years earlier that I saw him gig live in the UK well, I say 'saw', the stage was so badly designed there was a lip the audience side of the crash barrier that was crowded with people perching on it from doors opening, so Mobes had to ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worse than the initial memoir, Porcelain, which I liked quite a lot. Better than some other memoirs, specifically because Moby has a pretty decent ear for good writing. It's not as polished or literary as this sort of story would be coming from a novelist, but then, it's not coming from a novelist, nor is it fiction. This story is interesting largely because, if Moby is to be believed, it's all true. Ttrue or not, this book probably needed some serious fact checking -- Camus wasn't a suicide, ...more
Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
I was and am a big fan of Mobys music. Go, Porcelain, Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad, Natural Blues, Body Rock. All hits which instantly take me back to a time in the late 90s and 2000s where long hot summers of love, dance festivals, terrible fashion and drinking mistakes live on. When I listen to PLAY, I can smell Sunflowers perfume, and taste the sickly fake tropical flavours of a Bacardi Breezer, I have butterfly clips in my hair and a festival lanyard around my neck. Good times. Bloody good ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Melville Hall, better known by his stage name Moby, is an American DJ, singer-songwriter, and musician.

He sings and plays keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums. Moby became a successful artist on the ambient electronica scene, and achieved eight top 40 singles in the UK during the 1990s. In 1999 he released the album Play, a mix of melancholic chill-out, ambient music, and upbeat

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