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Hospitalized Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV etc.) Reaches Out For Help In Life-Or-Death Scenario

Posted by Billyjam, March 13, 2019 05:58pm | Post a Comment

Recently hospitalized legendary experimental musician, multi-media artist and occultist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge reached out to friends and fans for help this week in what is reportedly a life-or-death scenario for the industrial music pioneer who first came to wide acclaim as the founding member of Throbbing Gristle. Via an Instagram post by the aritst followed by a more detailed mass email sent via e-flux by friend and associate Jason Louv it was noted, following a year long battle with leukemia, that over this past weekend Genesis had been rushed into a NYC area hospital. “She was unable to breathe without oxygen” after her lungs became “blocked with fluid, which her doctors had previously attempted to remove with a suction needle,” wrote Louv in the plea for help to fans and friends of Genesis P-Orridge whose most recent arrival at Amoeba was last November's reissue of the 1999 critically acclaimed collaborative album A Perfect Pain (also on vinyl LP) with Merzbow.

To rectify the artist's current dire medical situation Louv stressed that Genesis needs  to undergo full surgery to clean out her lungs in a “serious and potentially life-threatening procedure.” As tragically is so frequently the case with financially under-compensated underground longtime musicians and artists living in the USA, Genesis does not have sufficient medical insurance to cover her mounting healthcare costs. Hence in this critical time Louv encourages those concerned enough to visit the GoFundMe account, that has been set up since Genesis first got diagnosed with leukemia. At that online destination, wrote Louv, fans and friends of the artist can, “assist with a contribution—whatever is appropriate for your current situation—to aid in Gen's speedy recovery, medical bills, and return to health.”

Creating under a myriad of pseudonyms that have included Griselda, PT001Godstar,  DJ Doktor Megatrip, and Pearl Necklace, the British born 69 year old Genesis P-Orridge (aka Genesis Breyer P-Orridge) has always been a provocateur.  The long self-identified "third-gender" artist's five decade career is most widely known for being the founding member of the seventies pioneering industrial music group Throbbing Gristle.

Over the past two years Mute Records has reissued numerous titles from the influential group's groundbreaking back-catalog including the 1980 Throbbing Gristle (TG) live album Heathen Earth (also reissued on vinyl/LP), Mission Of Dead Souls: The Last Live Performance of Throbbing Gristle (also on vinyl/LP), and the widely acclaimed TG 1979 full-length 20 Jazz Funk Greats.

In addition to Throbbing Gristle Genesis is equally known for founding the multi-media experimental ensemble Psychic TV (aka PTV), part of whose back catalog has in recent years been reissued by such labels as Cold Spring and Sacred Bones who in 2017 reissued PTV's 1984 album Pagan Day (also avail on red vinyl/LP). Not too long after the musically ever-evolving PTV had morphed into embracing acid-house by the late eighties and often under the alias Jack The Tab, the English born artist immigrated to the USA after been forced into exile from Britain.

 That was back at beginning of the nineties, coincidentally just as the West Coast rave scene was taking root (thanks in great part to several influential fellow British expats). Back then Genesis and PTV performed at such underground parties as Mr Floppy’s at East Oakland’s long gone Jack London Club.

A consistently anti-establishment avant-garde artist, Genesis has long been viewed as a controversial figure particularly back in her native Britain where her history of forays into the occult and consciousness expansion have been frequently misinterpreted as a threat to society.  As comprehensively noted by Louv in the email plea this week, “Genesis's decades-spanning work in liberating consciousness is why occulture exists as a social movement, rather than the activity of a few isolated individuals. That includes every thing from creating industrial music in the early 1970s and championing acid house in the 1980s, to popularizing Austin Spare's sigil method, advancing Burroughs and Gysin's occult
methods for breaking social control, and forming Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth to liberate magick from the British establishment and bring it to working-class people around the world. These are all activities for which Genesis already paid a high price, culminating with being forced into exile from Britain in 1991.”
For more information on Genesis' current situation, each under the heading "Genesis P-Orridge Needs Your Help," read both Jason Louv’s email generated article posted to e-flux and his other recently posted Magick.Me blog. Meanwhile to directly assist the aritst financially visit the Genesis P-Orridge Go-Fund-Me page.

Immediately below is the audio only video upload of the track "Persuasian U.S.A." off the 1981 live Throbbing Gristle album
Mission Of Dead Souls: The Last Live Performance of Throbbing Gristle (in San Francisco) that was among the TG titles reissued over past two years by Mute on CD and vinyl/LP formats.


Throbbing Gristle "Persuasian U.S.A." off  Mission Of Dead Souls (also on vinyl/LP)

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