Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, avant garde icon and founding member of cult experimental bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, has died, as Dais Records co-founder (and P-Orridge’s manager) Ryan Martin confirmed to Pitchfork. Martin shared a statement from Genesis’ daughters, Genesse and Caresse, who confirmed that their parent died the morning of March 14, 2020. P-Orridge was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia in 2017. P-Orridge was 70 years old.
Read the entire Pitchfork obit HERE.
RE/Search Publications founder/editor, V. Vale, reminisced about P-Orridge's influence in a recent blog post:
Genesis P-Orridge may have "dropped their body" (Sat, March 14, 2020, NYC) but their WORDS LIVE ON.
There's a lot of controversy over GP-O, but one thing for sure: if anyone put a microphone in front of them, Gen became astoundingly articulate and unpredictable. It's like Gen was "channeling" the world to come—THE FUTURE.
There are a few people who, wherever they go, whatever they say should be tape-recorded. Genesis P-Orridge was definitely one of them. (William Burroughs and J.G. Ballard were others.) They are THAT ORIGINAL and thought-provoking.
Genesis became a major influence on RE/Search at a certain point. Our Burroughs / Gysin / Throbbing Gristle issue, as well as Industrial Culture Handbook, were inspired by our friendship with Gen.
I did my best to put the word of Genesis P-Orridge in six publications I did:
1) Search & Destroy #6, 1978— "music must be made by all. noise is music. anyone can do it. use cut-ups"
2) RE/Search #1, 1980—"even priests can be philosophers"
3) RE/Search #4/5, 1981—"the control process and how to fight it"
4) RE/Search #6/7, 1983—"what to read. how to live. how to create"
5) RE/Search #12, 1989—"all my physical body decoration practices, especially tattoo/body piercing"
6) Modern Pagans, 2001—"I've been a Pagan all my life"
However, annoyingly, there are many other recordings I made of Genesis that I simply can't find. Maybe someday they'll "turn up"… but not yet!
Read the rest of Vale's post right HERE.
Psychic TV Interview + "Godstar" Video: