Thursday, May 16

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Then It Fell Apart

in conversation with GEOFF EDGERS

There will be a standby line at the door

This event includes a book signing

Harvard Book Store welcomes singer-songwriter, DJ, and author MOBY for a discussion of the second volume of his memoir, Then It Fell Apart. He will be joined in conversation by Washington Post national arts reporter GEOFF EDGERS. The evening’s program will include a couple of acoustic selections from Moby’s repertoire.

Please note: While Moby will play a few acoustic songs, this is a literary talk, not a concert.

About Then It Fell Apart

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 supermodels (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.


“This well-written memoir of a man’s search for contentment astutely reveals the sharp rises and the steep descents of fame.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A must-read”―Kirkus

“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

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Geoff Edgers

Geoff Edgers is a journalist and author. He is the national arts reporter for the Washington Post, hosts the Edge of Fame podcast, and his work has appeared in GQ, Spin, and the Boston Globe, among others. His most recent book is Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever. He also produced and starred in the 2010 documentary Do It Again, and he is the author of multiple children’s books about The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Stan Lee, and Julia Child. He lives in Concord, MA with his family.

Photo credit: Geoff Edgers


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.