Original double-sider flyer announcing a performance by Throbbing Gristle at Centro Iberico, London, 21st January (1979).

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Original double-sider flyer announcing a performance by Throbbing Gristle at Centro Iberico, London, 21st January (1979).

B/w. 29.7x21cm. Recto prints gig info and three images, one of them depicting a moustachioed worker in a hard hat and a T-shirt with 'FETISH' written across the front. Verso reproduces a photo-montage featuring three young women standing in front of a prison camp wall, with the slogan 'Industrial Music for Industrial People' printed along the lower edge. Paper slightly toned; faint diagonal crease to upper left corner and light handling wear; o/w Very Good plus.

The gig was played to an audience of about 180 people at a derelict squat on the Harrow Road, to the north of Notting Hill. Genesis P-Orridge later told Jon Savage that the choice of a Sunday afternoon was because "it was the least commercial time to play. It was really cold so we built bonfires inside…and the place filled up with choking smoke …People who were there said it was one of the most intense atmospheres they'd experienced…It seemed post-apocalypse. It summed up and decoded the whole of civilisation's collapse, and this was a tribal ritual that only those initiated would understand. It was in a sense so completely meaningless that it was very potent. That was the day we did 'Five Knuckle Shuffle' for the first time, our first real deconstruction of words, gibberish" (quoted in Ford 9.5).

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