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Film, "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye": Dissecting Two Lives

"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye": Dissecting Two Lives

Directed by Marie Losier, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye chronicles Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle founder Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's recent career and second marriage, both defined by P-Orridge's surgically aided transformation, from a man who occasionally dressed as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Living Cut-Ups

Living Cut-Ups

Sexuality could be said to course through the veins of Marie Losier's films, but it's often thrillingly murky and atmospheric rather than goal-oriented. Losier perhaps finds her ideal subject in Psychic TV frontman/performance artist/professional boundary demolisher Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, the…
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Music, All Shook Down Eight Rock 'n' Roll Poop Bombs: Exploring Pop Music and Shit

Eight Rock 'n' Roll Poop Bombs: Exploring Pop Music and Shit

Three of my sons have reached the age where they've begun exhibiting the symptoms of chronic privy mouth. Shakespeare relished a good poop quip every now and then (see Henry V). Ditto for Marquis de Sade and Geoffrey Chaucer. Graffiti…
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Music, Throbbing Gristle's local homecoming

Throbbing Gristle's local homecoming

In May 1981, industrial godfathers Throbbing Gristle played a final show in San Francisco before breaking up. They followed in the footsteps of fellow iconic British bands the Sex Pistols and the Beatles, whose swan songs were also performed on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gristle for the Mill

Gristle for the Mill

Psychic TV frontperson Genesis P-Orridge has never shied away from pushing buttons and boundaries, from his work with seminal industrial outfit Throbbing Gristle to the genre-straddling PTV ouvre that has ranged from cultish weirdness to acid-house rave culture. And P-Orridge…
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Music, Highly Evolved

Highly Evolved

"The job of the artist is to suggest the incredible in order for the possible to happen," says Genesis P-Orridge, influential musician, countercultural icon, and -- soon, hopefully -- a completely gender-neutral human being. A few seconds ago I phoned…
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Them's Fightin' Words If you watched any of the Lollapalooza coverage on MTV or E! last week, you may have caught a glimpse of S.F.'s favorite masked Mexican wrestler, La Chingona, as she challenged fellow 'paloozer Courtney Love to a…
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Burnin' Down the House It was any musician's worst nightmare when Rick Rubin's Laurel Canyon guest house/studio burned down April 11. According to Internet sources, both Psychic TV and Love and Rockets lost everything from musical equipment to DAT archives…
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