Genesis P-Orridge

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, who was born Neil Andrew Megson, is an English singer-songwriter, musician, writer and performance artist. In the latter capacity he was the founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective, which operated form 1969 through to the 1975, while as a musician, P-Orridge fronted the pioneering industrial band Throbbing Gristle from 1975 through to 1980, and then the acid house band Psychic TV from 1981 through to 1999. Born in Manchester, P-Orridge moved around the country as a child, first to Essex and then to Warwickshire. Here he attended the privately-run Solihull School, where he developed an interest in art, occultism and the avant-garde. Studying at the University of Hull, P-Orridge dropped out, and briefly moved into a hippy commune in North London. Adopting his nom-de-guerre, he returned to Hull, where he founded COUM Transmissions in 1969, which operated out of a communal warehouse which he named the Ho-Ho Funhouse.


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