A revealing and beautifully open memoir from pioneering industrial music artist, visual artist, and transgender icon Genesis P-Orridge
In this groundbreaking book spanning decades of artistic risk-taking, the inventor of “industrial music,” founder of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and world-renowned fine artist with COUM Transmissions Genesis P-Orridge (1950–2020) takes us on a journey searching for identity and their true self. It is the story of a life of creation and destruction, where Genesis P-Orridge reveals their unwillingness to be stuck—stuck in one place, in one genre, or in one gender. Nonbinary is Genesis’s final work and is shared with hopes of being an inspiration to the newest generation of trailblazers and nonconformists.
Nonbinary is the intimate story of Genesis’s life, weaving the narrative of their history in COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV. It also covers growing up in World War II’s fallout in Britain, contributing to the explosion of new music and radical art in the 1960s, and destroying visual and artistic norms throughout their entire life.
In addition to being a captivating memoir of a singular artist and musician, Nonbinary is also an inside look at one of our most remarkable cultural lives that will be an inspiration to fans of industrial music, performance art, the occult, and a life in the arts.
About the Author
Genesis P-Orridge is a founder of artistic collectives, the inventor of industrial music and a maker of experimental music in Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, with more than 200 musical releases. Genesis was called a “wrecker of civilization” during a session of British Parliament, is the co-instigator of the Pandrogeny Project, and is a global icon in the avant-garde art scene. Their archives were recently acquired for the permanent collection of London’s Tate Modern. They live in New York City. Tim Mohr has cowritten bestselling memoirs by Gil Scott-Heron, Paul Stanley, and Du? McKagan, as well as a forthcoming memoir with Joe Walsh of the Eagles. His own book, Burning Down the Haus, a history of East German punk rock, earned praise from Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and others. He lives in New York City.
“Genesis had a profound impact on me as an artist and then a dear friend. Reading this illuminating and radically open memoir is an honor. The echoes of such a strong creative voice unveiling the experiences of the proverbial climb to becoming a true artist and later cultural icon is mesmerizing.” — Asia Argento
“Genesis was continually breaking new ground and developing new projects with the aim of short circuiting received ideas, chipping a hole in the carapace, questioning everything: religion, education, nationality, sexual identity to find the reality behind the society of the spectacle. Gen was always going forwards. It is fascinating to read the back story, finally told.”
— Barry Miles
“Genesis P-Orridge—a mystifying vanguard with a gift of prophecy. Nonbinary is thee definitive oracle from the heart of the indefinable.” — Wesley Eisold