Untitled (Coum Post Age), 1977
unique collage, postcard
3 1/2h x 5 1/2w in
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (born Neil Andrew Megson; 22 February 1950 – 14 March 2020) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist and occultist. He rose to notoriety as the founder of COUM Transmissions as well as for being the lead vocalist for the bands Industrial and Psychic TV. P-Orridge's pioneering industrial band, Throbbing Gristle, grew out of COUM. The band was active from 1975 to 1981 at which time P-Orridge co-founded Psychic TV. In the 1980s P-Orridge was involved with the occult and in the 1990s he along with his wife Jacqueline Breyer, later known as Lady Jaye, embarked on the Pandrogeny Project, an attempt to unite as a "pandrogyne", or single entity, through the use of body modification to physically resemble one another. Lady Jaye passed in 2007 but P-Orridge continued with this project after her death. In the 2000s, P-Orridge played some music reunions and then retired from music in 2009 to focus on other artistic mediums.
P-Orridge founded COUM Transmissions with Cosey Fanni Tutti. Located in the United Kingdom, COUM was a music and performance art collective active from 1969 to 1976. Influenced by Dada and Surrealsim , writers of the Beat Generation as well as underground music, COUM were openly confrontational and subversive, challenging aspects of conventional established British society.