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Gallery: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in pictures

November 2013

"Lady Jaye always loved that shot. S/he always called it "Thee Demon Child". Thee other one [not pictured] doesn’t look anything like me so that must be thee angel. Thee smile’s thee same, thee eyes, thee nose, ears and thee funny hair, butter it doesn’t look anything like me. Looks like thee devil won out." Photo: © Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Archives

"We started COUM Transmissions in Hull in 1970. It involved street theatre, surrealistic actions with no meaning in parks and shopping centres, weird intrusions into daily life. It was about finding ways to break thee linearity of people’s perception. We proselytised like a fanatic, like thee way Jesuit priests run around wanting to make everyone agree with them. It also involved pushing thee envelope in terms of taboo, privacy, social conditioning." Photo: © COUM

"If you believe it, you live it. If you live it, you live it all thee time. So if you believe it should be completely okay for you to walk around dressed in that outfit with a vagina dentata shoulder bag, then that’s what you have to do." Photo © COUM

Photo: © Marti Wilkerson

Genesis and Sleazy Peter Christopherson

"This is an outtake from thee photoshoot for thee free poster that came with thee first PTV album, Force The Hand Of Chance. Thee bowl came from a Catholic church; we burnt our hair in it. And what looks like a pen in Sleazy’s pocket is actually a five inch spike just long enough to kill you." Photo: © Sheila Rock

Brian Jones’ Grave, Cheltenham, 1987. "We buried a gold psychic cross as a token of love and as a radio transmitter for thee spirit. In thee West, people who have radical new perceptions of life, culture and music are usually rejected and marginalised, whereas in other cultures, they’d be recognised as shamen and revered for it. As well as being this perfect pop dandy, Brian Jones also represents for me thee divine holy right to be different, to be unafraid and not to be punished for taking that path. And by bringing thee work of thee Master Musicians of Joujouka to the world’s attention, he was a founding father of psychedelic trance music." Photo © Carl Abrahamsson

Hackney, 1977, with Tremble and fan customised graffiti. Photo: © Sheila Rock

Photo: © Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Photo: © Georg Gatsas

"Thee ultimate aim of Pandrogeny was never merely physical. It was to be so integrated mentally that we would be able to find each other’s consciousness beyond thee body. And because consciousness is just a form of energy, we would be able to blend and truly becoum one." Photo © Laure Leber/collage Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Born Neil Andrew Megson in 1950, reborn as artist Genesis P-Orridge in 1971, then as gender-erasing pandrogyne with h/er other half, Lady Jaye in 1993, the following images are taken from Genesis's forthcoming book, documenting h/er life and transformation.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is published by First Third Books. Genesis launches the book at Rough Trade East in London tonight. More on the book at First Third. Tickets and details on tonight's signing and Q&A session here.


such a beautifull kid

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