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Genesis P-Orridge


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Genesis P-Orridge (born Neil Andrew Megson February 22, 1950 in Victoria Park, Manchester. .) is an English performer, musician, writer and artist, born to parents involved in theatre and music. Father Ron was a Jazz musician who liked Bebop and Nat King Cole. A photograph of Neil, age five, appears on the cover of the CD A Hollow Cost. Interest in the occult began as a teen, attending Solihull School; one grandmother was a medium. Hir early confrontational performance work with COUM Transmissions in the late 1960s - early 1970s along with the original Industrial band Throbbing Gristle, which dealt with subjects such as prostitution, pornography, serial killers and occultism, generated controversy.

Later musical work with Psychic TV received wider exposure, including some chart-topping singles. GP-O can be found on well over 200 releases, including a number of films.
In 1971, P-Orridge met William S. Burroughs after a brief correspondence. One of the most significant outcomes of these exchanges was Burroughs’s introduction of P-Orridge to Brion Gysin. Gysin would become a major influence upon P-Orridge’s ideas and works and was hir primary tutor in magick.

On 04 November 2009, it was announced that Genesis Breyer P’Orridge is retiring from touring in any and all bands including Throbbing Gristle & Psychic TV to concentrate on art, writing and music.


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