Ed. Walter Robinson and Edit deAk. 4to. Newsprint. Unpaginated (24pp., incl. cover). This issue guest edited by Image Bank (Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov). Its "mondo artie correspondance collage" [sic] features a contribution from "Gen…3 + Chris & COZEY". Also: Ray Johnson; General Idea; Eric Metcalfe; John Jack Baylin; Albrecht D.; Les Levine; Robert Cumming; Gilbert & George; G.A. Cavellini; John Giorno; Andy Warhol; and others. Inside back cover prints a mail order ad. for the recently published Image Bank Post Card boxed set (item #39). Slightly worn, with faint central vertical... More about ART-RITE #18 (NYC: Art-Rite Publishing Co., 1978
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Ed./pub. Greg Shaw. The penultimate issue. Contents include a 1pp. photo-illustrated feature on Throbbing Gristle by Linda Jacobs. Also: full-page photomontage ad. for Chrome's epic third album, 'Half Machine Lip Moves'; the Sire Records story; singles reviews by Greg Shaw, with mention of TG's 'United'; more. Very Good plus. More about BOMP #20 (Burbank, CA: January 1979
Prints a statement from the New Testament - "Jesus said: 'This is my only commandment, That you love one another as I have loved you' ", with the names 'The Very Rev. L.E. Cheesewire Maull' and 'Coum' printed below. 6x9cm. Printed on recto in black on white card with gilt deckle edges. Fine. Les Maull, a childhood friend of Cosey Fanni Tutti, was an early participant in COUM, contributing guitar and tape effects, usually under the guise of his baroque pseudonym (other aliases included "Lelli" and "Eduardo Romero R., flamenco guitarist"). As Simon Ford notes, he also "supplemented... More about COUM 'business' card, c. 1971
Programme designed by Genesis P-Orridge for "COUMing of Age - Especially coumissioned and coumceived for the wonderful OVAL HOUSE THEATRE" (London: March 1974). Single sheet, printed on recto only in black on off-white paper. 29.5x20.8cm. Illustrated. Near Fine. The programme sheet gives the subtitle of the work as "A Photograph in Exactly Seven Parts For Uncle Bill B", with the seven parts listed below, among them "Arctic Banana Gobble" and "Dogbreath Bleach". A panel to one side lists some of the cast members, including "Rev. Lelli Maull", "General Idea", John Lacey, and Hermine Demoriane, a French tightrope walker... More about COUMING OF AGE
Original poster announcing a performance by COUM at the Melkweg, Amsterdam, 27th-30th March (1975). Colour silkscreen, designed by Mick Flaum. 80x28cm. Three horizontal folds, o/w Fine. The performance, a version of 'COUMing of Age', retitled as 'COUMing of Youth', was the first to involve Peter Christopherson and ran for four consecutive nights. It featured tapes of Charles Manson's LP, 'Lie' (an oblique reference to Manson's short-lived band, The Milky Way, or Melkweg), and an increased depiction of violence, especially self-mutilation, reflecting the influence of the Viennese Actionists (with whom COUM had exhibited at the 1973 Edinburgh Festival), and... More about COUMING OF YOUTH
Pub./ed. David George. 15 quarto sheets, xeroxed and stapled at top corner, printed on rectos only (except final page), with red and black TG 'flash' sticker to front cover, as issued. Photo-illustrated. Minor handling wear only. The third and final edition of this short-lived post-punk fanzine, a special issue entirely devoted to Throbbing Gristle. Features extensive interviews with Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Peter Christopherson (Chris Carter declined to be interviewed, and his postcard reply to the editor is reproduced at the end). The back cover prints an advertisment from Mark Perry on the latest ATV album. More about DIRT.3 (Fulham, London: nd. [December 1978
London: COUM Transmissions, [January] 1977. 9x14.7cm. Printed by Walkerprint Publicity Services. Autograph Postcard Signed from Genesis P-Orridge to John Krivine: "hey Joan wat about them there gigs now before they shoot me too, Gen…3". Rubbed and creased, with old, single pinhole to top right corner, and 1cm. strip darkened along upper edge of recto (possibly from old tape). Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Monte Cazazza formed the Gary Gilmore Memorial Society in San Francisco in November 1976 (two months before Gilmore's execution) in solidarity with the convicted double murderer's insistence on being executed by firing squad. The... More about GARY GILMORE MEMORIAL SOCIETY POSTCARD
London: COUM Transmissions, [January] 1977. 9x14.7cm. Printed by Walkerprint Publicity Services. Autograph Postcard Signed from Jean-Pierre Turmel to "Yvon" (Yves Von Bontee, co-founder with Turmel of the Sordide Sentimentale record label), dated "18/12/78". Fine. In English translation, the card reads: "Here are the two requested records in exchange for 5 'Raw War' that you said you might be able to order for me (in advance thanks!). Saw 'Pere Ubu' and above all 'Red Crayola' on stage. Superb! The new 33 of Throbbing Gristle, 'D.O.A.' has come out! It is much better than the first. As I see it, it's... More about GARY GILMORE MEMORIAL SOCIETY POSTCARD
LA/NY: Dais Records, 2013. LP record (DAIS 051). A collection of various COUM recordings made between 1971 and 1975, including a previously lost radio interview; poetry readings by Fizzy Paet; piano and violin compositions by Genesis P-Orridge; various field recordings; and their live performance opening for Hawkwind at St. George's Hall, Bradford (22nd October, 1971). Mint (still sealed). Limited edition of 1000 copies. More about HOME AGED AND THE 18 MONTH HOPE
Vancouver, BC: Image Bank, 1977. Cardboard box (16x10.6x1.9cm.), containing 48 postcards by 48 artists + title card. Complete, as issued. Small rubbed spot to box lid and light edgewear; postcards Fine. Edition size unknown. The Image Bank was founded in Vancouver in 1969 by Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov as an international network with the aim of facilitating the exchange of ideas, images and information between artists through the use of the postal system. The first Image Bank Post Card Show, curated by Alvin Balkind, was held in Toronto in 1971. For the second show, held in Vancouver... More about IMAGE BANK POST CARD SHOW
London: Industrial Records, c. October 1980. 8vo. Stapled booklet, 8pp. Industrial Records' self-published list of records, cassettes, badges, patches and posters, with prices. The introductory text states that "We have decided to drop the ratings system for each cassette as not everyone has the same taste…from now on we will leave each to its own merits." Fine. Together with: original TG 'Flash' badge. 2.4cm. diameter. Near Fine. (2 items). More about INDUSTRIAL RECORDS MAIL ORDER CATALOGUE 1980/81
Original poster announcing a performance by COUM at the Stedelijk Academy, Ghent, February 18th, 1975. Offset litho, printed in Burgundy red. 58x33.4cm. Reproduces the photograph of Genesis P-Orridge as child model with tuba. Folded centrally vertically and horizontally, o/w Fine. The first of only two COUM performances under this title, though Simon Ford notes that for Genesis P-Orridge "all of COUM's work for 1975 could be put under the overall title of 'Jusqu'à la balle crystal'… [and that] the most significant event relating to the crystal ball was the action and installation of the same name held at... More about JUSQU'Á LA BALLE CRYSTAL
Original booklet produced by COUM to accompany the première of "Marcel Duchamp's Next Work" at the 4th International Festival of Electronic Music and Mixed Media, Zwarte Zaal, Ghent, 22nd-24th January (1974). Large 4to. Six mimeographed sheets, rectos only, staplebound into illustrated card cover. Faint rusting to staples, o/w Fine. Contents include a 3pp. text by "genesis p-orridge and cosey p-orridge"; a childlike drawing by Genesis P-Orridge outlining his ideas for the staging of the work; and a visual text by the Belgian composer and audio artist, Moniek Darge, involving an arrangement of "coum colour". The piece... More about MARCEL DUCHAMP'S NEXT WORK
Sm. 8vo. Stapled wrps., unpaginated (104pp.). Illustrated throughout with numerous photographs and collages. Short, closed tear to top edge of upper wrapper, o/w Very Good plus. Nanavesh was produced by Dave Farmer and first appeared in 1981 as a continuation of Industrial News, providing Throbbing Gristle fans with information about their activities. By the fifth issue, following the demise of TG, it moved on to become a communiqué produced on behalf of Psychic TV and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth. Contents include a selection of PTV lyrics; texts by Genesis P-Orridge (and a request from him for... More about NANAVESH No. 5 (Beckenham, Kent: 1983
Programme for 'Spiellinie Kiellinie', a joint show and children's street festival held in Kiel, Germany, June 21-29, 1975. Single sheet, folded in three to make leaflet. 20.8x42cm. (unfolded). Printed in blue on glossy off-white paper. Near Fine. COUM (Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti) performed the fifth and last in their 'Omissions' series of actions at the week-long event, held during the annual Kiel Regatta. The origins of the work's title lay in a collage made by COUM for a mail art magazine which combined a photograph of Cosey Fanni Tutti with the text: "Everything about... More about OMISSIONS
Original COUM handbill designed by Genesis P-Orridge announcing a performance by L'Ecole De L'Art Infantile, featuring P-Orridge, Tom (sic) Puckey and Cosey Fanni Tutti at the International Art Centre, Elephant & Castle, London, October 15th (1974). Printed in black on off-white paper. 25.3x21cm. Illustrated. Fine. L'Ecole De L'Art Infantile was a pseudo-institution created in 1972 by P-Orridge with the artist and poet, Opal L. Nations (publisher of Strange Faeces Press), and Robin Klassnik (with whom P-Orridge and Tutti had stayed several times at his Martello Street SPACE Studio, and who first came up with the full pseudonym 'Cosey... More about OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
Screenprinted in black on white stock. 72x47.6cm. Signed and blind stamped by Genesis P-Orridge in the lower right corner. Fine. The large photographic image depicts P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti naked: the former strapped and chained to St. Andrew's cross, covered in fake vomit and feathers, the latter in straps with whip and chains. The poster resulted from a restaging at their Martello Street studio of a crucified P-Orridge being whipped by Tutti, a scene from the Melkweg 'COUMing of Youth' show. It was photographed by Peter Christopherson using a large format Mamiya borrowed from Hipgnosis... More about Original poster entitled 'COUM' (c. May 1975
Ed. Richard Neville. Contains a classified ad. headed 'COUM TRANSMICATIONS' (sic) in the 'Help Yourself' Community Service section. The ad. reads: "We are an aid and a service and our aims originate from a desire to make people laugh. We convert would be suicides, paranoiacs and schizophrenics by absorbing them into our group." Also: Charles Shaar Murray on the Bickershaw festival; Micheline Wandor; Roger Hutchinson on the underground press in the north of England, including Hull's STYNG; macrobiotics; Warren Hague of the Gay Liberation Front. Very Good. More about OZ #42 (London: May/June 1972
Ed. Richard Neville. Contains a classified ad. placed by COUM Transmissions in the 'Help Yourself' Community Service section. The ad. reads: "Seems the life of the theatre is fraught with spills and chills after all. The hoax adman in 42 obviously couldn't take the discipline of the circus. Hope it didn't blow your big top. People down here know that you are the vortex of free showbiz in the North East. Keep on beyond that pleasure principle whatever the stable boy thinks the reality of your situation is. Sweet misery and all that!" Also: Colin MacInnes on "The Virgin... More about OZ #44 (London: September 1972
Ed. Richard Neville. Cover by Martin Sharp. Prints a lengthy letter from Genesis P-Orridge (then 17-year-old Neil Megson) commenting on John Wilcock's article, "blue print for a beautiful community (OZ No 7)" - he means issue #6 - and Angelo Quattrocchi's "sermon upon the freakdom of Russia" in Oz #8. In it, he outlines the "alternatives facing us: extinction, revolution, or transition peacefully", and concludes that "Hippies are a long term solution whereas the Revolutionaries believe the problem to be more urgent, thereby requiring more radical action. It remains to be seen which method humanity will choose, provided... More about OZ #9 (London: OZ Publications Ink Ltd., February 1968
Poznan: Galeria Akumulatory 2 (October 1976). Poster, printed offset in black on white paper stock. Illustrated with a b/w photograph of Peter Christopherson performing an action. 60x35cm. A little light creasing to right edge, o/w Near Fine. Galeria Akumulatory 2 was founded by the Polish conceptual artist, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, in 1972, and this exhibition was held shortly before COUM's 'Prostitution' show at the ICA. More about PHOTOS OF ACTIONS 1973-76
Original poster announcing COUM's 'Prostitution' retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, October 1976: "Coum Transmissions at the ICA Arts Centre from Mon. 18th Oct. 6pm - 26th Oct. 6pm. Opening Performance 6pm Mon. 18th. Music from 'Throbbing Gristle' + 'LSD'. Also Drinks, Striptease Dancers, etc. etc...". Screenprint, illustrated with a multi-colour, heavily pixelated image of Cosey Fanni Tutti. 76.2x50.7cm. The exhibition was named after Tutti's appearance in an article entitled 'Prostitution' in Curious magazine in 1974, and intended as a critique of capitalism, pornography, and the representation of the female body. It featured 'Magazine Actions' (self-portraits... More about PROSTITUTION
Ed. Simon Dwyer. The rare original edition of this "bi-annual journal of music, new science, pop culture, cinema and occultism". 4to. Stiff black card perfect bound wrps., printed in red. Unpaginated (c. 72pp.). Illustrated. 7" flexi-disc ("The Fossil Record") loosely inserted (not present in most copies). Inside cover by Andy Warhol. Small crimp to head of spine panel, o/w Near Fine, with stapled publicity sheets laid in. Contents include a lengthy article by Simon Dwyer, entitled "From Atavism to Zyklon B: The ABC's of Genesis P-Orridge & The Temple of Psychic Youth" (21pp., illustrated), featuring an "exclusive, highly... More about RAPID EYE #7/8 (Brighton, Sussex: REM Communications, c. March 1986
SF: Re/Search, 1982. First edition ($5.95 cover price, no barcode). 4to. Wrps., 96pp. Illustrated throughout. Ed. V. Vale. Signed and inscribed by William Burroughs on the contents page: "To Jonathan William S. Burroughs". The first issue of Re/Search in book form. The first part contains extracts from books by Burroughs; a chapter not included in "Cities of the Red Night"; his important article, "The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin"; and an interview with him by Vale. The Brion Gysin section includes extracts from Terry Wilson's book, "Here To Go: Planet R-101"; an interview by... More about RE/SEARCH #4/5: William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Throbbing Gristle
Np.: Coum Transmissions Pastcord, © 1974. A COUM postcard, printed in black and pink on white card. 14x9cm. Very light soiling to verso, o/w Fine. (Ford 12.4). 'Edna and the Great Surfers' was the name given to the benefit gig in Bradford in October 1971 where COUM supported Hawkwind (see posters, item #2). Cosey Fanni Tutti has written that it was named in part "in honour of Edna, a lift attendant from Bradford whose lonely-hearts ad we'd used in mail art and had printed up as a postcard" (Art Sex Music, p.89). More about REMEMBER "EDNA AND THEE GREAT SURFERS"
Ed. V. Vale. Tabloid newspaper format, folded, as issued. Each 12pp.-24pp. Illustrated throughout. All original printings, including both states of the first issue (the first state has red stamps to the front cover). Small Compendium Books price sticker to cover of second issue, o/w all issues Near Fine. Vale, then working at City Lights, started work on Search & Destroy in January 1977 with the help of a few hundred dollars from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. His intention was to provide a voice for the punk movement (a "total cultural revolt") and the new freedoms opened up... More about SEARCH & DESTROY: New Wave Cultural Research #1-11 (SF: 1977-1979) - all published
Ed. V. Vale. Tabloid newspaper format, folded, as issued. Front cover photograph of Will Shatter (Negative Trend, later of Flipper) by Bruce Conner. Contents include Jon Savage's first interview with Genesis P-Orridge, conducted in late 1977 (2pp.). Also: The Nuns; U.X.A.; Negative Trend; Joe Strummer; The Avengers; The Dils; Buzzcocks; Nico; Talking Heads; Pere Ubu; The Mutants; The Sleepers. Near Fine. (Ford 7.25). More about SEARCH & DESTROY: New Wave Cultural Research #6 (SF: [April] 1978
Ed. Claude Bessy and Philomena. Tabloid newspaper format, 40pp. (incl. cover). Small stain and chip to lower edges, o/w Very Good plus. Contains "The 1st Throbbing Gristle Report (a conversation with Genesis P. Orridge)", the first part (3pp.) of an in-depth, photo-illustrated interview (the second part was printed in the following issue). In it, P-Orridge gives his account of the fight that broke out at the London Film-Makers' Co-op gig, and provides a lengthy description of the 'Prostitution' show at the ICA. A review of the TG Sordide Sentimentale record appears a few pages later. Also... More about SLASH Vol. 2, #8 (LA: Slash Magazine, September 1979
LA/NY: Dais Records, 2009. LP record (DAIS 008). Cover art by Genesis P-Orridge ('Mum & Dad Collage', 1971). COUM's first studio recordings, dating from 1971, the master tapes of which were sent to John Peel (with 'COUM Guarantees Disappointment' stickers) in the hope that he would broadcast them (his producer hated them and they were returned). "We played electric violin through effects whilst Haydn Robb played his bass, Spydee Gasmantel 3rd did his spoken word piece, Nude Supper [a reading from 'Naked Lunch'], Ray Harvey sings one of his amazing songs and Pinglewad plays some guitar. The rest... More about THE SOUND OF PORRIDGE BUBBLING
Ed. Roger Hutchinson. Tabloid newspaper format. 20pp. Contains "Porn Yawn Pickle", a report on the police charges brought against Genesis P-Orridge and Haydn Nobb for publishing an indecent advertisement featuring COUM's penis logo (the charges were later dropped). The ad was displayed in a shop window, on the wall of a house, and on the boot of a car, and formed part of COUM's petition against their unofficial ban from performing in local clubs (after their gig, 'Riot Control', at the Gondola Club, COUM were blamed by other clubs for its closure following a police raid)... More about STYNG #5 (Hull: 9th September, 1971
LA/NY: Dais Records, 2011. LP record (DAIS 023). Recordings made in 1974 at the Ho Ho Funhouse in Hull, consisting of Genesis P-Orridge's solo broken piano improvisations accompanied by his tape experiments. Includes insert sheet printing previously unpublished photographs and P-Orridge's extensive notes on the background to the recordings. Disc Mint in sleeve (two tiny corner bumps). Limited edition of 1000 copies. More about SUGARMORPHOSES
Facsimile of a mail art postcard from Genesis P-Orridge to the fictional artist, Ted Glass, originally mailed in late November 1975. B/w, 14.6x10.3cm. Fine. The card is a 'replica' of one of five 'indecent' postcards for which P-Orridge was charged under the 1953 Post Office Act. Facsimile copies printed by COUM were sent out together with other documents as part of P-Orridge's campaign to bolster his status as a 'serious' artist, and enlist support in advance of his court appearance in April 1976. Recipients included William Burroughs, Bridget Riley and Marc Chaimowicz, various art magazines and critics, including... More about TED GLASS POSTCARD
London: Fetish Records, 1981. First edition. 4to. Stapled wrps., unpaginated (24pp.). Short corner creases to upper wrapper; small indentation to fore-edges; o/w Very Good plus. Glossy booklet featuring a cover drawing by Neville Brody, intended as "an historical booklet on the activities of TG which includes previously unpublished retrospective articles by Bruce Elder and Jon Savage and many rare illustrations of ephemera and performances" (back cover text). Brody was art director at Fetish and designed sleeves for a number of groups, including Throbbing Gristle, as well as numerous No Wave artists in New York. More about THROBBING GRISTLE
SF: Banana Productions, Summer 1976. Ed. Bill Gaglione. 4to. Perfect bound wrps., 116pp. Illustrated. Contents include two full-page COUM photographs, printed opposite each other. The first shows Genesis P-Orridge with the vagina dentata shoulder bag made for him by Jules Baker covering his head like an alien mask, while cradling a small, limbless and deformed mannequin in the manner of a ventriloquist's dummy. The second shows Cosey Fanni Tutti inside a cage (one of the props from the Oval House 'Couming of Age' performance). COUM are also referred to in Anna Banana's introduction: "If anybody's pushing... More about VILE Vol. 1, No. 2/Vol. 2, No.1 (aka No. 2/3 [#4]) - International Double Issue
SF: Banana Productions, December 1975. Ed. Anna Banana. 4to. Stapled wrps., 68pp. Illustrated. Typed letter, stamped by Anna Banana, loosely inserted, dated 9th March, 1976 (the letter, written to a subscriber, mentions how the magazine's "numbering is very dada"). Contents include a letter from Genesis P-Orridge containing a lurid description of Cosey Fanni Tutti's performance of 'Omissions' in Germany, though, as Simon Ford notes, "P-Orridge often spiced-up the contents of his letters to Vile in an attempt, no doubt, to live up to the magazine's title (Ford 5.6). The letter also refers to the COUM poster photographed by... More about VILE Vol. 3, No. 1 (aka #3) - Christmas Special
SF: Banana Productions, Summer 1977. Ed. Anna Banana. 4to. Perfect bound wrps., 104pp. Illustrated. The fifth issue of "my original conception of the magazine - a merging of literary and artistic works into a parody of everybody's favorite alternate art magazine - FILE" (editorial). Contents include "Genesis P. Orridge…Pushing The Limits of Art" (4pp.), featuring press reports of the 'Prostitution' show at the ICA and P-Orridge's mail art prosecution; a lengthy letter from P-Orridge to Anna Banana; vitriolic correspondence between Buster Cleveland and P-Orridge; and a review of COUM's 'Cease To Exist' performances in Los Angeles... More about VILE Vol. 3, No. 2 (aka #5
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... More about YES COUM ARE FAB AND KINKY
London: Industrial Records, (May) 1981. LP record (IR0016). Signed and inscribed by Genesis P-Orridge to Ira Cohen on the back cover: "Best wishes and Better Dreams, to Ira on the occasion of his show in London Nov 86, cari saluti, Genesis 23". The final release from Industrial Records (its title comes from "The Ticket That Exploded"), featuring cut-ups and other tape recorder experiments from Burroughs' archives, dating from 1959 to 1978, but mainly from the early '60s. Compiled by Peter Christopherson and James Grauerholz, with sleeve notes by Genesis P-Orridge. Front cover photograph and... More about Nothing Here Now But The Recordings
Brescia: Edizioni Nuovi Strumenti, 1978. First edition. 4to. Perfect bound wrps., unpaginated (80pp.). Postcard and printed letter ("To their Most Reverend Eminences, the 282 Bishop in Italy") laid in, as issued. Small crimp to foredges; faint splash mark to lower wrapper; o/w Very Good plus. Contents include reproductions of 16 pages from an elaborate détournement by 'Genesis Pillow Orridge' of Cavellini's artist's book, 'Cimeli', re-titled 'Coumeli', featuring images cut from pornographic magazines pasted over the author's autobiographical and family photographs. Other artists featured include Dietrich Albrecht; Anna Banana; Peter Below; John M. Bennett; George Brecht; Buster... More about Nemo propheta in patria
The series of ten letters, the first seven of which have been numbered chronologically on the envelopes by the recipient, include autobiographical notes; descriptions of performances by COUM; information and updates on COUM personnel; reports of police harassment; tales of ongoing financial struggles, and the continual pursuit of both grants and gigs; the formation of of L'Ecole De L'Art Infantile; and, in the final one, P-Orridge's announcement: "We have split our existential rock group off and named it THROBBING GRISTLE... We have large art show at I.C.A. Gallery in London Sept." Most of the accompanying envelopes are adorned... More about A small but fabulous collection of letters, posters, photographs, flyers, cards, mail art,...
London: Black Dog Publishing, 1999. First edition. Large 8vo. Wrps., (336pp.). Foreword by Jon Savage. Photo-illustrated throughout. Taking its title from Tory MP Nicholas Fairbairn's outburst (headlined in The Daily Mail, 19th October, 1976), Ford's history provides a detailed narrative of COUM's history, beginning with its conception in Hull in 1969, the landmark 'Prostitution' show at the ICA that provoked Fairbairn's diatribe, and its metamorphosis into Throbbing Gristle and their eventual split in 1981. The final section prints a chronology of COUM and TG actions, concerts and exhibitions, and a discography, filmography and selected bibliography. Trivial corner wear, o/w Near Fine (spine uncreased). More about Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of Coum Transmissions & Throbbing Gristle
B/w, 10.2x15cm. Nd. (c. 1977). Printed by Walkerprint Publicity Services. Illustration features a negative photograph print of a ruined building, with small 'Music from the Death Factory' logo to verso. Slight creasing and light-edge wear, o/w Very Good. Tutti's brief message states that she was "Glad to hear all was safe on arrival instead of D.O.A.". Alex Douglas edited C.L.E.M. (Contact List of Electronic Music), an international contact 'zine first published in Vancouver in Spring 1981, and co-hosted a Canadian radio special on TG in October of the same year. More about An autograph IR postcard signed from Cosey Fanni Tutti (pp Genesis) to Alex (Douglas), postmarked...
9.4x14.7cm. Printed by Walkerprint Publicity Services. Near Fine. The postcard was originally issued in December 1978 with the first 1000 mail order copies of the album, 'D.o.A.: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle'. More about An IR postcard featuring a b/w photograph of Cosey Fanni Tutti's niece, Debbie
9.3x13.8cm. Short, lower right corner crease, o/w Near Fine. The postcard prints a b/w photograph of the Dutch city, Middelburg, overlaid with a negative photo-transparency featuring an advertisement for the Italian liquer, Galliano. An affixed strip of gold paper borders the left edge. P-Orridge has titled and signed the card on the verso - "TITLE OF THIS CARD IS 'COUM-SPIRING' Genesis P-Orridge". The recipient's address, embellished with P-Orridge's characteristic small drawing of a tree, has been written out in P-Orridge's hand to the verso, with 'File Under Coum' and date stamps added. A large... More about An original mail art postcard by Genesis P-Orridge, addressed to Peter van Beveren, dated 6th...
14.6x10.3cm. Small section of sellotape partially detached, o/w Very Good plus. The postcard collage features a central b/w photograph of a seated man reading a book, with further books piled in a stack on the floor alongside him. A banner above reads 'biennale de paris', and a small photograph of a woman looks out from a hand drawn window, captioned 'stamps make me happy'. A COUM 'Sex La Vie' slogan is stamped below, with a printed text cut from a magazine sellotaped to the lower part. The verso bears several COUM rubber stamps, the largest of... More about An original mail art postcard by Genesis P-Orridge, addressed to Peter van Beveren, dated 20th...
9x14cm. Old, single pinhole to centre top edge. Recto pasted over with a section cut from a boy's story book ("Poor Old Johnny Raw"), with additions in blue ink by P-Orridge. The illustration of a boy has a speech bubble added to it, reading "YOUNG BOYS!"; the initials of the author's name have been manipulated to begin the added words 'CUTUP BILL"; the word "Raw" has been underlined twice; and a section of the text below ("Wot a whopper!") encircled. P-Orridge's message on the verso reads: "dearest Peter, this will coum after we get back. Faith... More about An original mail art postcard by Genesis P-Orridge, written and addressed to Peter...
London: Star, 1977. Wrps., 224pp. Vertical crease to upper wrapper; diagonal crease to lower wrapper. Fair only. Warmly signed and inscribed to "Simon" [Dwyer] by Genesis P-Orridge on the title page. P-Orridge used a sample of LaVey reciting the Lord's Prayer backwards on the Psychic TV song, "Joy", in 1989. More about The Satanic Bible
Denver, Colorado: OV-Press, 1989. First edition. 4to. Black wrps., titled and illustrated in silver. 54pp. Limited edition of 500 numbered copies (from a total edition of 600), this copy signed and inscribed by Genesis P-Orridge on the title page: "(undeciphered sigil) is thee Devil cari saluti Genesis P-Orridge 23". Foreword by Tom Hallewell. Illustrated with drawings, photographs, and collages. Essays include "Muzak - A Concept in Human Engineering", "Behavioural Cut-Ups and Magick", and "Nothing Short Ov a Total War (Stanza L.)". Back cover blurb: "The ideas of Genesis P-Orridge, founder and spokesman of the legendary Throbbing... More about Esoterrorist: Selected Essays 1980-1988
NY: Primary Information, 2013. Sm. 4to. Wrps., unpaginated (104pp.). A reprint of the original Ecart Press publication of 1976 (intended to raise funds to pay for Genesis P-Orridge's fine). Contains ephemera, legal documents, correspondence and articles relating to P-Orridge's prosecution in 1975 for sending 'indecent' material through the post, and his subsequent trial at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in April 1976 (P-Orridge's barrister, Geoffrey Robertson, had previously acted as defence counsel for the editors of Oz magazine). Fine. More about G.P.O. Versus G.P-O: A Chronicle of Mail Art on Trial
Paint on canvas, partially varnished, with 15 (originally 16) small plastic discs affixed. 44.7x34cm. The painting mixes colour, music and writing in a magical sigilisation, incorporating a stylised rendition of P-Orridge's bass guitar (or possibly violin), magical sigils from the COUM Alphabet (transmuted from Gerald Fitzgerald's 'quaquascript'), and the magical colours of the three key members of COUM: Genesis P-Orridge (orange), Cosey Fanni Tutti (blue), and Spydeee Gasmantell (green). P-Orridge describes his attitude towards art in his essay, "Notes from a Magical Diary 1967-87": "E do not believe that ANY art has intrinsic value. It is... More about An original painting by Genesis P-Orridge, dated 'COUM 73' and signed with P-Orridge's secret...
Printed offset litho in black on off-white paper stock. 43.3x28cm. Old central horizontal fold; two vertical creases; short tears to lower edge; o/w Very Good plus. P-Orridge has added three stamps to the recto, including 'INDUSTRIAL MUSIC…FOR INDUSTRIAL PEOPLE' at the top (a phrase attributed to Monte Cazazza), and inserting 'THROBBING GRISTLE' above Pere Ubu in the line-up. Three stamps appear on the verso: '17 JAN. 1977 CEASE TO EXIST' (in memory of the date of Gary Gilmore's execution), 'TG' and 'HATRED IS NOTHING', along with a brief inscription: "dearest Jon, To cheer you up whilst you are..... More about Original poster announcing a concert by Pere Ubu and The Suicide Commandos at the WHK Auditorium...
Brooklyn, NY: Soft Skull Press, Inc., 2002. First edition. 4to. Glossy illustrated wrps., 200pp. Signed on the dedication page: "Breyer - P-Orridge" (the combined signature of Jacqueline Breyer, aka Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, and Genesis P-Orridge). Lavishly illustrated throughout in colour and b/w, featuring texts, photographs and artworks from P-Orridge's archive, many of them previously unseen. Introduction by Carl Abrahamsson, with essays by Julie Wilson, Douglas Rushkoff, Richard Metzger, Bengala, Paul Cecil, Carol Tessitore, and Genesis P-Orridge. Includes a bibliography and a selected discography. Blurbs by Timothy Leary and William Burroughs to back cover... More about Painful but Fabulous: The Lives & Art of Genesis P-Orridge
Single quarto sheet, recto only. 29.5x21cm. One short, closed edge-tear; slight handling wear, o/w Very Good plus. The upper half features a xeroxed image of a male figure wearing a leather full-face gimp mask and studded neck collar, with two cut out magazine illustrations affixed, one of them from a gay porn magazine. The lower half contains P-Orridge's typewritten letter (approx. 174 words), mentioning Savage's possible review of TG's upcoming gig at the Architectural Association, potential T-shirt designs, and requesting that Savage "try and put that L.P. is sold out in JAWS [a column in Sounds]... More about Typed letter signed to Jon Savage, decorated with an original collage, dated "22-2-78 as E...
Printed in green on yellow stock. 29.5x21cm. Central illustration of a couple in a tantric embrace, with a small image of Brian Jones below, and other acid imagery from the second 'Summer Ov L-ov-e' (the DJ was 'Dr. Ecstasy'). Near Fine. More about Original flyer announcing 'Psychic Youth World Mission' with PTV and others at the Hackney...
Printed offset in black and orange on white stock. 43.2x28cm. Fine. Signed and blind stamped by Genesis P-Orridge in the lower right margin. More about Original Frank Kozik-designed poster announcing Psychic TV at the Red River Planetarium (Austin,...
10x14.2cm. Printed by Walkerprint. Signed and inscribed on the verso by Genesis P-Orridge - "Thee nearest to thee exotic in this season, Genesis P-Orridge". Near Fine. More about Promotional postcard for the 1985 PTV single, 'Godstar', reproducing a b/w photograph of Brian...
Genesis P-Orridge's fascination with "the ultimate pop star" began when he met Brian Jones at a television studio in Birmingham at the age of 15. He designed the Psychic cross sigil in 1980 or 1981, later stating in an interview: "The vertical is 3, the two longer crosses is 2, and the one in the middle is two thirds of that, so there's always 2 and 3. But if you arrange psychic cross in a particular pattern, then, the negative space is a swastika. So the psychic cross is the opposite of swastika and its meaning is the positive of... More about Two unused Psychic TV stickers: i) "Brian Jones Died For Your Sins". Black on white...
Assembled by Genesis P-Orridge. No place, no date (c. 1985). 13 quarto sheets of peach-coloured paper, printed on rectos only, stapled at top corner. Top sheet reproduces the PTV sticker 'Brian Jones Died For Your Sins'. The programme was written and introduced by Michael Wale, and featured contributions from Michael Aldred (co-presenter of 'Ready Steady Go!'), Alexis Korner, Les Perrin (the Stones' publicist), Cliff Richard, and Brian Jones's father, Lewis Jones. Name written out in green ink to top sheet, which has some light handling wear, o/w Very Good plus. More about An unauthorised photo-reproduced copy of a transcript of a BBC Radio Four programme, 'A Story of...
London: Industrial Records, (December) 1979. LP record (IR0008). Short (2cm.) partial split to top edge of sleeve; slight edge and corner wear; overall, Very Good plus. Disc Near Mint. One of 5000 copies, the first 2000 of which included a poster, not present here. (Ford 9.3). TG's third album, "Recorded at the Studios of Industrial Records in the weeks ending September 3rd, 1979" (back cover note). Colour front cover photo of TG at Beachy Head, East Sussex, a choice of location seemingly at odds with the sombre industrial image of TG, but one "where people who... More about 20 Jazz Funk Greats
London: Rough Trade, (February) 1982. Cassette tape (COPY 009). Near Mint. Live recording mixed by Stan Bingo, with mastering supervised for Rough Trade by Chris Carter. Derek Jarman made a short film of the performance. More about Beyond Jazz Funk: TG Psychic Rally in Heaven 23rd December 1980 London
B/w. 29.5x21cm. Illustrated with a photomontage, the slogan 'Industrial Music For Industrial People', and gig info, with six photo-images and the slogan 'I'm TG. Unleash me to anywhere' printed on the verso. Minor creasing to corners, o/w Near Fine. Four months after the concert, Industrial Records released a cassette recording of the performance (IRC 13), one of only six live dates they played in 1978. In a letter to Jonas Almquist (The Leather Nun), Genesis P-Orridge wrote: "We thought it was our best ever live gig, only about 130 people came, butter they were all TG fans who... More about Original double-sided handbill announcing a performance by Throbbing Gristle at Goldsmith's...
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... More about Original double-sider flyer announcing a performance by Throbbing Gristle at Centro Iberico,...
B/w. 29.7x21cm. Illustrated with a sequence of six panels depicting a young man climbing on to a chair and hanging himself. Slight creasing to lower right and upper left corners; minor handling wear; o/w Very Good plus. Another flyer for the gig, which featured the première performances of 'Five Knuckle Shuffle' and 'Persuasion', the lyrics for the latter improvised live by Genesis P-Orridge following Peter Christopherson's onstage suggestion of the title. (Ford 9.4). More about Original flyer announcing a performance by Throbbing Gristle at Centro Iberico, London, 21st...
B/w. 29.7x21cm. Illustrated with a large image of a TV monitor screening vintage footage of two scantily clad women dancing onstage in front of a smartly dressed audience. Slight creasing to lower right corner; three old, faint horizontal folds; o/w Very Good plus. The benefit for the LFMC also featured a screening of Antony Balch's film, 'Towers Open Fire'. TG began their set by playing the soundtrack to the COUM film, 'After Cease to Exist', while remaining hidden behind mirrored panels. The gig became notorious for the fracas that broke out in the audience after they emerged, involving..... More about Original flyer announcing a performance by Throbbing Gristle at the London Film-Makers' Co-op,...
Printed on pale cream paper. 28x21.6cm. Designed by Raymond Pettibon ("Love's Aftertaste"). Guaranteed original (many Pettibon flyers have been reproduced). Minor handling wear only. TG's penultimate gig was fondly remembered by Genesis P-Orridge (a Frank Zappa fan) for Don Preston showing up and telling him that Captain Beefheart listened to "Second Annual Report" whilst he was painting (Ford 11.10). In Art Sex Music, Cosey Fanni Tutti recalls the show as "a nightmare. It was as if Gen had turned into Ted Nugent. He was behaving like a rock star guitarist and lead singer….I was disgusted and... More about Original flyer announcing a performance by Throbbing Gristle at the Veterans Auditorium, Culver...
Pale cream paper. 28x21.6cm. Illustrated with a central photo-image of Charles Manson. Old central vertical and horizontal folds; single pinhole to centre upper edge; tape fragment to central lower edge; o/w Very Good plus. A rare flyer, referencing TG's Manson fixation (they visited 10050 Cielo Drive and the Spahn Ranch during their week in LA). More about Original flyer announcing a performance by Throbbing Gristle at the Veterans Auditorium, Culver...
B/w. 29.7x21cm. Illustrated with an image of a large (concentration camp) chimney emitting smoke. Light overall creasing, especially along edges, o/w Very Good. According to the band's press release, the intention with 'United' was to "produce a disco-based song that people could fall in love to", while 'Zyklon B Zombie' described "a traumatic image" of a concentration camp witnessed on TV by Genesis P-Orridge as a child. (Ford 8.15-16). More about Original flyer announcing the release of Throbbing Gristle's first single, 'United'/'Zyklon B...
B/w. 29.8x21cm. Printed by Walkerprint. Gig info written out in black marker pen over original TG publicity sheet reprinting press cuttings from the ICA 'Prostitution' show (with rubber stamps added in the print). Press photo shows Siouxsie Sioux, Soo Catwoman and Steve Severin at the ICA. Simon Ford notes that the audience for the gig was around 150, and quotes Chris Carter in a letter to Paul Buck: "The gig was great, a full house. Really sleazy, with a stripper and a country jazz band and dirty films and cartoons. 75% of the people loved it. And believe... More about Original handwritten flyer announcing Throbbing Gristle at the Rat Club, Pindar of Wakefield Pub,...
London: Industrial Records, (November) 1977. LP record (IR0002). Unprinted white card sleeve, with printed labels to front and back. Designed by Peter Christopherson, and assembled by hand in Beck Road. TG's debut album, released in a limited edition of 785 copies, featuring various early live recordings, including 'Slug Bait' recorded at the ICA 'Prostitution' show, and the soundtrack to the COUM Transmissions film, "After Cease To Exist". The record received positive reviews in the music press, John Peel played two tracks on his radio show, Elton John, Peter Gabriel and Frank Zappa reputedly bought copies, and... More about The Second Annual Report
London: Industrial Records, 23rd June, 1981. Postcard, printed in black on white, with text in funereal script to recto, and official band statement announcing "the termination of the TG project" to verso. 10.5x15cm. Minor wear to corners, o/w Near Fine. (Ford 11.13-14). More about Throbbing Gristle: The Mission is Terminated
Ed. Susan Worth. 4to. Glossy wrps., 66pp. Diagonal top left corner crease to back cover, o/w Very Good plus. Contents include "Young Girl Needs Lesbian" (5pp., photo-illustrated in colour and b/w), featuring Cosey Fanni Tutti as 'Lois' ("married but sickened by a pervert husband's insatiable demands"), who responds to 'Jean', a young girl who advertises for "an older woman. One with expertise, a mistress of the lesbian arts." One of Tutti's earlier 'actions' to appear in a variety of pornographic magazines between 1974 and 1977, many of which provided COUM with raw material for new work... More about NEW DIRECTION Vol. 4, #4 (London: Eastgate Press Ltd., 1974
London: ICA, 2010. Published on the occasion of COSEY COMPLEX 27 March, 2010 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. 8vo +4to. Spiral bound wrappers, unpaginated (75pp.). Designed by Zak Kyes. Illustrated. Ed. Maria Fusco with Richard Birkett. Fine. "Cosey Complex is a one-day event conceived by writer Maria Fusco and artist and musician Cosey Fanni Tutti, speculating on their shared interests around language and power relations, to explore the potential of 'Cosey' as a methodology. Participants include: Martin Bax; Gerard Byrne; Cosey Club; Cosey Fanni Tutti; Daniela Cascella; Diedrich Diederichsen; Graham Duff; John Duncan; Anthony Elms; Chris Kraus; Zak... More about Cosey Complex Reader