Moby with Lizzy Goodman

Monday, May 6, 2019

in conversation with Lizzy Goodman

discussing the second volume of his memoir,
Then It Fell Apart

*** and performing a few acoustic songs with a guest vocalist

Aratani Theatre
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

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 first four rows (includes book)
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Marking the 20th anniversary of his landmark album Play, Moby’s new memoir Then It Fell Apart is a wild ride of celebrity, addiction, and reckoning.

Moby was born in Harlem in 1965. He is a singer-songwriter, musician, DJ and photographer. The first volume of his memoirs, Porcelain, was published in 2016.

“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

Lizzy Goodman a writer and the author of Meet Me in the Bathroom, an oral history of music in New York City from 2001-2011. She lives in LA with her basset hound, Jerry Orbach. 

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 life story is a journey into the dark heart of fame and the demons that lurk just beneath the bling and bluster of the celebrity lifestyle. 

In summer 1999, Moby released the album that defined the millennium, PLAY. Like generation-defining albums before it, PLAY was ubiquitous, and catapulted Moby to superstardom. Suddenly he was hanging out with David Bowie and Lou Reed, Christina Ricci and Madonna, taking ecstasy for breakfast (most days), drinking bottles of vodka (every day), and sleeping with super models (infrequently). It was a diet that couldn’t last. And then it fell apart.

The second volume of Moby’s memoir is a classic about the banality of fame. It is shocking, riotously entertaining, extreme, and unforgiving. It is unedifying, but you can never tear your eyes away from the page.

Shepard Fairey with Moby

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Shepard Fairey
in conversation with Moby

The Under/Overground Art of Shepard Fairey

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. His work has been included in the collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

To call Shepard Fairey a “street artist” is a little deceptive. Although he rose out of the skateboarding scene creating his “Andre the Giant Has A Posse” sticker campaign in the late ’80s, he has a mainstream recognition that most street artists never achieve. The title of his new book, Covert to Overt: The Under/Overground Art of Shepard Fairey, acknowledges his evolution from unknown to established artist.

His upcoming book, Covert to Overt — focusing on his post-Obama HOPE poster output — showcases the significant amount of art he has created the last several years. This includes street murals, mixed-media installations, art-music events, countless silkscreens, and work from his extremely successful OBEY brand—all in his signature black, white, and red colors.

 “Shepard Fairey’s art has an undeniable visual appeal with its selective palette and pleasing geometrics, yet the messages conveyed through his work are anything but neat and tidy.”
— Mark Sloan, Director and Chief Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
And indeed, Fairey has stayed true to his street art roots as the vast majority of his work focuses on a blend of politics, street culture, and fine art, giving it a strong cultural appeal that stretches beyond the art world.

Showcasing his cross-cultural collaborations with musicians, athletes, celebrities, and even cities, as well as covering all his work from paste-ups and prints, to his sculptures and murals, Covert to Overt shows Shepard Fairey as equal parts cultural chronicler and cult-hero artist. It also includes previously unpublished work as well as contributions from collaborators, the likes of Russell Brand, Chris Stein and Jello Biafra.

Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old.  He started out playing classical guitar and then went on to play with seminal connecticut hardcore punk group ‘the vatican commandoes’ when he was 13.  He started DJ’ing after leaving college, and was a fixture in the late 80’s new york house and hip-hop scenes. 

He released his first single, ‘go’ in 1991(listed as one of Rolling Stones best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he’s also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others.

He has toured tirelessly, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career, and has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including Heat, Any Given Sunday, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The Beach, among others.

Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including the Humane Society and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, and in 2007 he launched Mobygratis, which provides free music for independent film makers.  

Moby’s latest album Innocents, his most collaborative project to date, featuring Wayne Coyne, Cold Specks,  Damien Jurado, Mark Lanegan, and Skylar Grey, was released in october 2013.