Moby Reflects on 9/11

BY Lauren Knapp and Tom LeGro  September 6, 2011 at 1:52 PM EDT

“i just woke up to the sound of an explosion and people screaming. so i ran to my roof to see both buildings of the world trade center on fire and now i can’t stop shaking and my apartment smells like smoke. what has happened. i don’t know what to say. what has happened? oh god.”
— Moby, the morning of Sept. 11, 2001

On the night of Sept. 10, 2001, musician and DJ Moby, who was living in New York City, went out to celebrate his birthday, which was the following day. After a late night out, he’d planned on sleeping in the next morning. But at around 8:30 a.m., his phone began ringing. And ringing and ringing. Then he heard a loud explosion and immediately knew something was wrong. He would discover, like many of us, that a second plane had just hit the World Trade Center.

In the days that followed the terrorist attacks, Moby wrote about the experience of living just a mile from Ground Zero on his blog, which was one of the first by a musician at the time. It was an intimate and unique account, as well as one that got him into a bit of trouble and some bad press. (Here is a link to his blog archive.)

We talked to Moby about 9/11 earlier this year:


Editor’s note: To share your own memories or hear other people’s reflections on 9/11, check out our ‘9/11 Video Quilt.’ All this week, the NewsHour will look back on 10 years after 9/11. We’ll have coverage online and every evening on the show leading up to a special program, “America Remembers 9/11,” which will air on Sunday evening (check your local listings for times).