In 1981, P-Orridge reversed course in the gently trippy Psychic TV, whose danceable songs echoed the occult writings of Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare, and included a tribute to Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones called “Godstar.” P-Orridge imagined the band as the center of a global consciousness raising, and recruited fans to join Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth, a cross between a fan club and a cult, whose members donned paramilitary gear and submitted bodily fluids as part of their initiation.
Coming next year from the author of the wonderful England’s Hidden Reverse… … a major new work of fiction coming from Faber Social on February 2nd 2017. This Is Memorial Device, the debut novel by David Keenan, is a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 1970s and early 80s as they… Read more »
Long out of print, Force the Hand of Chance (which is finally being reissued on expensive vinyl) starts with the beautiful lullaby “Just Drifting,” patterned on a gorgeous melody much closer to The Kinks’ “Village Green” than to Throbbing Gristle’s “Hamburger Lady.” A lush acoustic guitar opened the show, and the large crowd collectively swooned when Genesis started crooning the… Read more »
“We’ve investigated lots of avenues and that includes occulture of various types,” says Breyer P-Orridge, who uses the word “we” exclusively in reference to a sort of individual and collective self. Early learning from occult figures like Aleister Crowley and mysterious magical sects like the Ordo Templi Orientis led to a lifelong devotion to ritualistic practice that has expanded and… Read more »
The documentary film, Bight of the Twin, will have its world premiere at Rubin Museum of Art in NYC on July 15th, 2016 at 7 pm. The premiere is in conjunction with Genesis P-Orridge‘s ongoing exhibition at the Rubin Museum, Try to Altar Everything. The July 15th film premiere will be a part of a special evening with Psychic TV3 in concert…. Read more »
The latest list from Caduceus Books (Leicestershire, UK) contains some really extraordinary items – many at very reasonable prices – from the Coil Collection. As Ben says in his introduction to the list: John (or Jhon) Balance (Geoff Rushton) & Peter Christopherson (aka Sleazy) were involved in the formation of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and went on to found… Read more »