YES COUM ARE FAB AND KINKY.

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YES COUM ARE FAB AND KINKY.

No place (Hull): no date (1971). Photo-illustrated, with lettering in orange, printed offset on pale cream paper stock. 46x29cm. Near Fine. (Ford 2.3).

Genesis P-Orridge's first COUM publicity poster, illustrated with a studio photo of himself as a young schoolboy propping up a massive tuba. A row of six smaller b/w photographs appear below, each one featuring a member of COUM, including one of P-Orridge as an adult.

From left to right, they show Tim Poston, Spydeee Gasmantell (Ian Evetts), P-Orridge, Haydn Nobb (Robb), Jonji (John) Smith, and Brook (Tony Menzies), with the name captions intentionally incorrect.

One of the captions is for 'cosey', though she was omitted, as were other active members, Les Maull and Ray Harvey, making the poster, as far as Tutti was concerned, "a disingenuous representation of the reality of COUM" (Art Sex Music, p.84).

In a letter to Lesley Allen, dated 11th March, 1972, included in the collection above (item #2),
P-Orridge wrote that: "Yes E am the little lad with the Tuba in the poster. My mum used to run a child model agency and that was one of the photos of me in her files. E am ironically proud of the fact that E never got a single job as E was too thin to model clothes and too pointed and ugly for close ups."

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