Painful But Fabulous: The Life And Art Of Genesis P-Orridge Paperback – Oct 1 2002
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""A rare and extreme opportunity to read the extraordinary method, theory and insight into the genius of Genesis P-Orridge. So Please take advantage of this exotic rare creature since this breed of individuality and originality is only one of a kind."
About the Author
Genesis P-Orridge is the world-renowned artist and musician (over 250,000 albums sold) from Manchester. As founder of the controversial art group COUM Transmissions, the industrial bands Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Thee Majesty and the ironic cult religion Thee Temple Ov Psychic Youth, Genesis has reached an enormous audience and inspired countless contemporary acts, even those within the mainstream media such as Marilyn Manson. He also contributes frequently to magazines such as Penthouse and develops projects for the Sci Fi Channel.
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--generously illustrated with photographs of art, concerts, happenings, and GP Orridge in every conceivable guise, "Painful but Fabulous" is paired with text from a variety of authors to present an overview of the life and work of a multi-faceted, multi-talented performer and artist.
--Part biography, part critical theory, part artistic manifesto and magickal grimoire, "Painful but Fabulous" ultimately seeks to cover in one book all that has gone uncovered in the mainstream's general lack of appreciation for GP Orridge.
--Best known as the "face" of the groundbreaking industrial band, Throbbing Gristle, and later Psychic TV, GP Orridge is far less known as a poet/writer, occultist, cultural iconoclast, and graphic artist. This book seeks to redress that imbalance, putting the better-known musical work into context with the entire body of Orridge's considerable creative output.
--Here, too, are discussions (and pictorial representations) of Orridge's pioneering explorations into body modification and transgenderism, commenced long before such issues became, if not commonplace, not entirely alien pursuits to civilized society suggestive of outright insanity.
--Orridge shocked, offended, and influenced many during the heyday of Throbbing Gristle and confrontational performance art, and continues to do so, albeit in a far more behind-the-scenes fashion today.
--Organized, in part, by Orridge, including a short essay and a couple of interviews, "Painful but Fabulous" is a record of an extraordinary personage who turned a personal life into a public artwork--and made no compromises. As a result, the art has great integrity and power, and has received little compensation and less regard.
--Orridge stands as a kind of modern-day Artaud: a boundary-breaking artist who took art not only seriously, but as a sacred calling that required blood and sacrifice, and nothing less than one's entire life. Such artists are usually not well-rewarded in their own lifetimes, and sometimes not even after their lives are over. They remain too far outside the ability of the culture to commodify their efforts. Orridge is and may well always remain, in that regard, especially in the magickal underpinning of his artistic output, an artist's artist.
--A book for the primitive, but not the prude; for the cultured but not the polite, "Painful but Fabulous" records a life in art that was no doubt painful to live, but, when all is said and done, fabulous. And fabulous is this book which attempts to capture that uniquely engaged life between its covers.
There are interviews, essays by other people, selected art exhibitions and actions, COUM stuff, an "erotic mailart" section, and a selected discography. The relation of his work to the works of William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin is discussed (also some portraits he took of them).
Douglas Rushkoff describes the impact of the cutup method on Gen (and on art in general) by telling us that he learned about Genesis while researching cutups. He knew of Burroughs and Gysin, "but who was this third man beign added to the mix?... Wasn't he the lead singer for UK industrial band Throbbing Gristle? Yes, but he was also the man who turned cut and paste from an experimental art form into an act of conscious defiance."
There is a decent amount of text here and photos on pretty much every page. Ocassionally it gets a bit wacky, but it's to be expected. Interesting photos, interviews, and essays, and in general a well-put-together book.
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