As part of the gearing-up towards this year’s Manchester Literature Festival in October, musician Moby is in town to discuss his life, music-making and new memoir Then It Fell Apart, out at the start of May on Faber.
Born in Harlem in 1965, singer-songwriter and electronic music innovator Moby started out as a DJ, playing tracks in New York’s bars and clubs. In 1999, he released the album Play to international acclaim and was catapulted to superstardom overnight. Suddenly he was living in a ‘sky castle’ (his words) on Central Park West, dining with the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, performing live with his heroes New Order, hanging out with David Lynch, taking ecstasy for breakfast (most days), drinking litres of vodka (every day) and sleeping with supermodels (rarely).
Moby’s self-deprecating memoir Then It Fell Apart chronicles his ‘journey into the black hole of fame; a place where sex, drugs and rock’n’roll seemed to fasten the whole thing together – until it fell apart’, interspersing recollections of his childhood and teenage years in Connecticut with wild backstage stories.
Presented by Manchester Literature Festival and Faber Social in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester, this event will include an audience Q&A and Moby performing an acoustic song or two (please note: this event is NOT a concert) followed by a book signing. The ticket price of £20 includes a copy of Then It Fell Apart.