Genesis P-Orridge, the influential musician who founded industrial bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, has died at the age of 70.
The singer-songwriter and artist had been battling leukaemia for two-and-a-half years and he/r death was confirmed by Genesis’s daughters, Genesse and Caresse.
“Dear friends, family and loving supporters,” a statement from the family reads. “It is with very heavy hearts that we announce thee passing of our beloved father, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.”
“S/he had been battling leukaemia for two and a half years and dropped he/r body early this morning, Saturday, March 14th, 2020.”
“S/he will be laid to rest with h/er other half, Jaqueline ‘Lady Jaye’ Breyer who left us in 2007, where they will be re-united.”
Born in Manchester, P-Orridge explored the world of the avant-garde while at Solihull School and, when dropping out of studies at the University of Hull and moving into a counter-cultural commune in London, s/he became fully involved in the art live performance world.
With Throbbing Gristle, he/r experimental performance art group, P-Orridge pioneered the idea of industrial music and did so across nine studio albums which ran from 1977 to 2012. Having built their foundations with uncompromising lyrics, the band tackled topics such as sex work, pornography, serial killers and more without fear or repercussions.
“I’ve been involved in a total war with culture since the day I started,” P-Orridge once said about her work with Throbbing Gristle. “I am at war with the status quo of society and I am at war with those in control and power. I’m at war with hypocrisy and lies, I’m at war with the mass media.
“Then I’m at war with every bastard who tries to hurt someone else for its own sake. And I’m at war with privilege and I’m at war with all the things that one should be at war with basically. As my mentor used to say: ‘I feel your pain, I feel your shame but you’re not to blame’.”