The long, drawn-out death of the CD — the formerly all-conquering format that is now solely the digital storage device of choice of your aunt who shops at Costco — has resulted in some interesting choices by musicians who are beyond caring about plebeian things like “making a living.” Witness Destroyed, the artifact that musician Moby will present this Monday at Book Soup. It's an expensive, large-format photo book that shares its title with Moby's latest CD, which is in turn attached to the book. Most Moby fans, one would assume, will download the album from iTunes (or, ahem, elsewhere), so you can think of the photo book as an enormous set of visual liner notes by His Vegan Baldness for wealthy fans of the physical format. Except that the intro (where one also learns that Moby favors the uncapitalized pronoun “i,” like e.e. cummings) reveals that photography was the artist's first passion and that this volume is to him as much a meaningful statement as his music. The photos were taken on the road and they alternate lonely airports and hotels with bro-intensive crowd shots taken from the stage in places like Australia, London, L.A. and Buenos Aires. “i wanted to put out a book of tour photos,” Moby writes, ” because touring is strange.” If you ever wanted to be a fly-on-the-wall as a crossover electronica evangelist peddles his crowd-pleasing wares around the world, this book belongs on your decaf table. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood; Mon., Sept. 12, 7 p.m.; free; book is $39.95. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com.

Mon., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., 2011

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