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!
Associated actsCOUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Thee Majesty, Splinter Test, Pigface

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. "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