“Moby Doc”: The Highs and the Lows

This is an autobiographical documentary featuring musician Moby who started with punk and moved to electro.

He had a miserable childhood with an alcoholic father who died when Moby was a tot. The parents were arguing incessantly. His only solace were his pets and then music as he took to playing a guitar one of his mother’s boyfriends left behind.  Animals were nice but people terrifying. He nonetheless became a successful musician. Such a wretched childhood could have easily destroyed many. Film director David Lynch says about Moby, “Negativity sometimes creates pure gold within.” Moby re-enacts some of his early childhood saying, “I’m three and nothing good has happened to me.” It is not strange he ended up as an animal rights activist.

Eventually he ended up in New York and dropped acid that left him with a 16 month panic attack and at 19 the only way to stop the panic was to get drunk. He dabbled in drugs as well to the point he said he hoped one day he would never wake up from his sleep. He was so drunk he could not attend his mother’s funeral.

He finally achieved great success with his Play album and after that his albums became less popular which led to depression and more drinking and cocaine. He “bottomed out” in 2008 and stopped his drinking.

He is well spoken and the documentary shows his intelligence. Get ready for a visual spectacle.

Where is Moby now? Well he is alive and as a DJ friend of mine said he is known now more as a vegan and animal rights activist than a musician. The history of music is full of casualties. Moby narrowly missed being one of them. The film is showing at Ted Rogers Hot Doc Cinema in Toronto starting on May 27th and on the 28th at Vancity in Vancouver.

This 92-minute documentary directed by Rob Gordon Bralver is definitely worth a watch. Sort of a combination of creativity and misery. You can catch the trailer here https://vimeo.com/539756136

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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