Genesis P-Orridge

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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
P-Orridge in 2007
P-Orridge in 2007
Background information
Birth nameNeil Andrew Megson
Also known asDJ Doktor Megatrip, Megs'on, P. Ornot, PT001, Vernon Castle.
Born(1950-02-22)22 February 1950
Victoria Park, Manchester, England
Died14 March 2020(2020-03-14) (aged 70)
New York City, U.S.
GenresExperimental, industrial, avant-garde, electronic
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, poet, writer, performance artist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, clarinet, synthesizer, violin, vibraphone
Years active1965–2020
LabelsIndustrial, Temple Records, Wax Trax!

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (born Neil Andrew Megson; 22 February 1950 – 14 March 2020) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, and occultist. P-Orridge was known as the founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective and frontman of seminal industrial band, Throbbing Gristle.

They were also a founding member of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth occult group, and fronted the experimental band Psychic TV.

P-Orridge identifies as third gender.[a]

In October 2017, P-Orridge was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.[4] They died from the disease on 14 March 2020 in New York City, aged 70.[5]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. In accordance with their work on the Pandrogyne Project, P-Orridge now identifies using the pronouns "s/he", "h/er", and "h/erself".[1] These pronouns have been used when discussing P-Orridge in The Guardian, and The New Yorker. However, P-Orridge is still referred to using male pronouns in older sources, such as those of journalist Erica Orden, the historian Dave Evans,[2] and the religious studies scholar Christopher Partidge.[3] Alternately, the journalist Camille Dodero used female pronouns when referring to P-Orridge.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Home". Archived from the original on 28 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  2. Evans 2007, p. 98–102.
  3. Partridge 2013.
  4. Farley, Donovan (20 October 2017). "Throbbing Gristle & Psychic TV founder Genesis Breyer P-Orridge announces leukemia diagnosis". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  5. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Dead at 70