Gen's upcoming events and Misc.upcoming projects...

GENS MISC. UPCOMING PROJECTS: Heartworm Press are publishing “Collected Lyrics and Poems of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge – Volume One 1961 to 1971. Later they will publish Gen's first novel, written in 1969, “Mrs. Askwith”. Other books will follow.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Genesis P-Orridge Would Like to Hitch a Horse to the New York Post

Genesis P-Orridge Would Like to Hitch a Horse to the New York Post

Name: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Age: 60 Y-Eras old (B-Earth day 22/Feb/1950)
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Occupation: Cultural Engineer/Fine Artist/Performance Artist/Composer/Rockstar/Living Legend. (This 2009 New York profile will help.) S/he'll be giving an "Artists on Art" lecture this Friday at 6:15 p.m. at the Rubin Museum.

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
“Lady Jaye” Breyer P-Orridge. Born in Queens. I have met, been close friends, and collaborated with some of the most radical, creative thinkers (William S. Burroughs; Derek Jarman; Brion Gysin; and Dr. Timothy Leary), but “Lady Jaye,” after a profound contemplation, is the most remarkable New Yorker and creative human being from anywhere by far, in every possible and impossible way. [Ed: Lady Jaye, a.k.a. Jacqueline Breyer, is P-Orridge's late wife. She died in 2007. They were in the midst of a project to surgically become each other.]

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
“Lady Jaye” would arrange birthday party meals for me at Congee Village in the Lower East Side, and as “congee” is a Chinese porridge, that mixed with love and my best of friends made those my best meals.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Daydream, analyze popular culture, collage, and play.

What was your first job in New York?
Helping care for “Lady Jaye’s” grandmother, who was wheelchair bound, severely affected by late-stage Alzheimers, and in need of constant 24/7 nursing and care.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Fosse, which was stunning!

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Sometimes. If they look old enough for homelessness to be a semi-permanent state, women with kids. Once in a while I give $20 just so there’s a chance it’s useful.

What's your drink?
Mimosa with a good quality Rose Champagne.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
97 percent of the time as I live alone.

What's your favorite medication?
A deep undisturbed night’s sleep.

What's hanging above your sofa?
Nothing; I don’t have a sofa.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
Haircuts are luxuries and as such should be as expensive as you can possibly afford. I get mine at Seagull in Greenwich Village or recently by Ashlee of Hair Metal at my apartment. Celebrity haircuts are one of the great perks of even a little media profile.

When's bedtime?
We usually go to bed around 5 a.m. and read for a couple of hours until we doze off sitting up with a book still in my hand. We usually wake up at about 10 a.m. after up to three hours of restless sleep.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
The old Times Square. Luckily I can still enjoy and see a lot of it as my dear friend who is an incredible artist rescued a lot of the large peepshow signs, framed posters, and memorabilia. Sleaze is always preferable to corporate sludge.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
I found his transition from pure dollar mogul to media celebrity and mogul of early “reality” mildly curious. Asia Argento took me to a very exclusive dinner for twelve of Ms. Versace's friends. Benicio Del Toro was on the other side of me to Asia. Ivanka Trump was opposite. She talked with me about our mutual admiration for each other’s haircuts. Ivanka’s was immaculate. I told Ivanka that “Lady Jaye” believed the best haircut always looked like a wig. An opinion I totally agree with. Asia and Ivanka did too.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Being too hot in the summer.

Who is your mortal enemy?
I am more interested in the concept of immortal enemies. Mortals are too easily removed.

When's the last time you drove a car?
On my honeymoon in Haiti 1995.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
Oh, I suppose I finally lost all those millions of dollars my ex-wife (name withheld) seems obsessed with believing I have hidden away somewhere. So I hope now she and her cronies will move on to someone else in their endless search for fantasy island.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
"Post," as it is the only practical item in your list! As I can hitch my horse to it when I’m in a Western movie being filmed at some ranch.

Where do you go to be alone?
I go literally four or five days totally alone just being at home so I don’t need to go anywhere! Even the corner shop has installed digital robot checkouts so there’s no human contact there. Nobody phones anymore, they just text, and so it is that I am discovering the lonely future ahead of the pack. I’d get a pet but they’re not allowed. I’d like a loving companion but I am still grieving for … you guessed it … ”Lady Jaye.”

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Tolerance. A real New Yorker is always someone who came here from somewhere else to avoid some kind of persecution, often sexual-preference based, or to be discovered in one of the infinite, though no longer thriving, alternative scenes, i.e. theater, music, dance, vaudeville, art, drag, or in those of the greatest egos, to be “the next Andy Warhol.”


Thee Majesty Knitting Factory performance videos 1/24/11

Thee Majesty did a re-mix for ZS new album, New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion! ZS had a record release party at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY on the 24th of January, 2011. The re-mix and performance was by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Bryin Dall. Video recorded by Jody Corhani.
Video and audio enhanced by Bryin Dall

02. Thee Majesty - Easing Your Pain - Knitting Factory - 01-24-2011

3.Thee Majesty - She's Learning Slowly - Knitting Factory - 01-24-2011

04. Thee Majesty - Just For You - Knitting Factory - 01-24-2011

05. Thee Majesty - All You Need To Do Is Breathe - Knitting Factory - 01-24-2011

06. Thee Majesty - Is That What You Want To Hear, My Dear - Knitting Factory 01-24-2011

Video: Lindsay Anderson's IF...., presented by Genesis P-Orridge.Nov 15th 2010

On November 15th, 2010, Queer/Art/Film hosted a screening of Lindsay Anderson's IF...., presented by Genesis P-Orridge.

These videos contain the introduction and post-show Q&A.

A PDF of an essay on the film Genesis P-Orridge wrote for this occasion can be downloaded here:

Video by Conrad Ventur.


Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


After a few delays, the THEMES boxset shall see release by the end of the month!


For the first time, all THEMES albums by PSYCHIC TV released together, in a sumptuous, embossed box set. The music itself was designed not only as soundtrack but also for subsequent use by Initiates of The Temple Ov Psychick Youth in their rituals as Functional music intended only to aid in the process of making things happen. It is a practical tool. Thee essential collection of rare, archive and modern PTV ritual / esoteric musick! Each CD is presented in it's own matt laminate, spot-varnished mini-LP sleeve. The box also includes a 28-page booklet of rare photos and essays.

"Themes" was originally released in 1982 as a limited bonus LP with the first 5000 copies of the legendary PSYCHIC TV album "Force The Hand Of Chance". Musicians: Stan Bingo, Peter Christopherson (Coil, Throbbing Gristle, Soisong), Genesis P-Orridge, and David Tibet (Current 93).

1. Part I
2. Part II
3. Part III
4. Part IV
5. Part V
6. Part VI
7. Part VII
8. Part VIII

"Themes 2" was originally released on LP in 1985 by Temple Records and subsequently reissued as an extended CD version by Cold Spring in 1997. Musicians: Genesis P-Orridge, Alex Fergusson, John Gosling (Zos Kia, Coil, Mekon). `Themes 2` is presented here as a 2 CD set, including the full vinyl version - plus the original `Unclean` 12" and it`s two B side tracks that were recorded in the same sessions.

Themes 2:
1. Themes 2 Part One
2. Themes 2 Part Two
3. Themes 2 Part Three
4. Unclean
5. Mirrors
6. Unclean Monks

Themes 2 - A Prayer For Derek Jarman:
1. The Loops Of Mystical Union
2. Elipse Of Flowers
3. Mylar Breeze (Parts 1 And 2)
4. Mylar Breeze (Part 3)
5. Prayer For Derek
6. Rites Of Reversal

"Themes 3" was originally released on LP in 1986 by Temple Records and is presented here for the first time on CD, completely remastered. Musicians: Genesis P-Orridge, John Gosling (Zos Kia, Coil, Mekon), Mark Sangerman, Monte Cazazza. `Themes 3` is presented here as a 2 CD set, with an unheard version performed in Boston, US by Genesis P-Orridge and John Gosling.

Themes 3:
1. Culture
2. News
3. Drama
4. Nature
5. Science
6. Implant
7. Analgesia
8. Catalepsy
9. Reverie
10. Placebo
11. Induction

Themes 3 - CD2:
1. Culture
2. News
3. Drama
4. Nature
5. Science
6. Implant
7. Analgesia
8. Catalepsy
9. Reverie
10. Placebo
11. Induction

"Themes 4" is a brand new Psychic TV album, recorded by the late partner of Genesis P-Orridge, Lady Jaye and Psychic TV. Compiled by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Ryan Martin and Bryin Dall. Musicians: Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Larry Thrasher, Bryin Dall.

Themes 4 Lady Jaye:
1. I'm Making A Mirror
2. I Like The Holidays! (A Children's Story)
3. Gobbledegook
4. Mother Jack (A Children's Story)
5. Candy Factory
6. I Love You, I Know
7. This Is The Final War
8. S/He Is (Still) Her/E

Get a free bonus CD 'Live In Basildon' 1986 - only when bought from Cold Spring!
Live In Basildon:
1. Thee Degenerate
2. She Touched Me
3. Unclean
4. Riot In Thee Eye Ov Sky
5. Southern Comfort
6. Roman P.
7. Retinal
8. Ov Power
9. Godstar

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Fenris Wolf howls again!

Gen asked me to pass along this email/info on longtime collaborator Carl Abrahamsson's (the white stains/ cotton ferox) The Fenris Wolf site, an online cultural magazine. Shaping up quite nicely, please contribute and pass the links along.

From: Carl Abrahamsson /
Dear Edda-friend,

I hope this finds you well and happy.

You might have noticed that there was no "Edda Edition" in your mailbox around the Winter Solstice. I was preoccupied with trying to decide which way to go with this project, and the result became more and more obvious (to me, anyway): forwards!

Edda Edition was quickly sucked into the mouth of The Fenris Wolf and chewed on, gulped down and digested. That was that.
– is now active as an online culture magazine. Please have a look. The original Edda Edition-idea, to collect material, interviews, reviews etc, will live on here in a much more enticing way. I intend to update with new material at least once a week.

The Fenris Wolf will also, of course, live on as the ongoing book anthology series. Issue no. 4 will be published during the spring of 2011 and I will soon send out a special e-mail about pre-orders etc. It's going to be GREAT!

More on The Fenris Wolf site: I will review material that you send in. The address can be found here below.
Please note: It is possible to advertise on the FW site. If you have something to sell or if you want to draw traffic to your site, let me know and I will send you more information about that.

No major news on the EDDA-front at the moment. All items on the Edda-site are still available, so shop 'til you drop and enjoy the stuff!

All beast wishes from Stockholm!
Carl A c/o Carl Abrahamsson – P.O. Box 8105 – SE-104 20 Stockholm – Sweden – –


Monday, January 17, 2011

Website launched for Marie Losier's BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE film

Website launched for the forthcoming BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE film.

Upcoming german screenings...keep checking the site for more info!

“He’s the only person I’ve ever met who I’d hero worshipped, that was exactly how I’d expected him to be. He was everything that I’d hoped him to be. Which was incredible. Inhumanly intelligent. I was interested in him primarily as a character, the way he lived, he was a ‘more than real’ real life character. A phenomena. I was already into he idea that the most important work is the way you live and you should live it as a work and try to make each aspect of it as interesting as you can.”
–William S. Burroughs on Genesis P-Orridge

“Your film is a lovely, fragile & tough piece of art. The most newest documentary and most newest musical and most newest slapstick-avant garde-cinema verité that contemporary cinema can give to the world. This kind of joycean monologue, this incredible and touching people, the other side of our terrible consume societies, thinking, loving, laughing…

Maybe you can make an injectable version? We need an injection of this kind of life every morning just before to heading out to face the world!”
Sergio Wolf, Director of BAFICI, Buenos Aires Film Festival, 2011.

Marie Losier’s “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” is a totally
unusual “home movie” about a totally unusual home; a fantastical love
story about a fantastical love that dares to speak its unusual name:
“Pandrogyny. Like Balzac’s Séraphita-Séraphitus, Genesis-Lady Jaye
attempt to pass beyond earthly love on a journey that takes them , in
Balzac’s phrase, “on the road to the skies.”
Jonathan Cott, Author of “Dylan,” and “Conversations with Glenn Gould”

Marie Losier's "My story with Genesis P-Orridge"

I first saw Genesis perform seven years ago, at the Knitting Factory, the now legendary club in Tribeca. Watching him perform was pure enchantment. His words from the stage hovered somewhere between song and speech, deeply poetic, primitive, at times frightful. It completely hypnotized me. I knew immediately, I had to film this perplexing and powerful figure, perhaps as a way of understanding what I had experienced, but moreover to have proof of the existence of a being I was convinced had arrived from somewhere else!

In a typically miraculous New York City coincidence, I met Genesis at a gallery opening in Soho, in one of those sardine-can spaces where you can barely walk and hardly breathe. Being relatively small, I got pressed into a corner where I inadvertently stepped on someone’s toes. I turned to apologize and there was Genesis smiling, his goldcapped teeth glittering down over me. We spoke briefly, but in that time I felt something special had passed between us. He asked me about my films and gave me his email. Whether it was fate or pure clumsiness, this marked the beginning of an artistic collaboration that would develop into a close friendship.

Like many others who have encountered him, I saw in Genesis the simple and profound notion that the manner in which you live your life is the highest and most unimpeachable form of art that exists.“My project is not about gender” he said. “Some feel like a man trapped in a woman’s body, others like a woman trapped in a man’s body. The pandrogyne says, I just feel trapped in a body. The body is simply the suitcase that carries us around. Pandrogyny is all about the mind, consciousness.” Both Genesis and Lady Jaye were born with life changing illnesses, imprinting upon them from an early age an incredibly complex relationship to their bodies. Later in life, they became gender variant activists, their mutating appearance based on gestural aesthetics, a living project documented through their collaborative paintings, photographs, writings and performances.

The passing of Lady Jaye is central to my film. I thought this tragic event would prevent me from continuing to shoot, but to Genesis, the completion of this film would be the most appropriate way to honor his love and life with Jaye, a message of hope and solidarity with artists and lovers everywhere, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. By allowing me unprecedented access over these past many years to film their professional and personal lives, I believe I have material that transcends most fiction films, but whose message is ultimately grounded in the most humanistic and basic of desires: the affirmation of love.

DARK STARS RISING book release

From Richard Metzger's, Dangerous Minds site

I am a big aficionado of “the art of the interview.” As a reader, I don’t really require for a journalist to spell something out for me. I’d rather hear what the subject has to say for themselves, but this hardly means that the interviewer is a superfluous part of the equation. Take if from someone who knows, you have to show up properly prepared if you want to achieve good results with an interview. A well-done Q&A can take the form of an interrogation or a narrative. I like both styles. A good interviewer knows how to get someone to reveal what makes them tick.

Longtime underground journalist, cinema festival organizer, filmmaker and screenwriter, Shade Rupe’s new anthology, Dark Stars Rising: Conversations from the Outer Realms (Headpress), is a collection of his interviews conducted over the past 26 years with some of the more transgressive and—okay, I’ll say it—dangerous minds out there. Many of the folks interviewed in Dark Stars Rising are even friends of mine, or people who I’ve met and interviewed before myself, so when the book came through the post the other day, my reaction was a pretty swift, “Yes!”

And chances are that if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you might feel the same way yourself about a slick, well-designed 568 page collection of terrific interviews with the likes of Richard Kern, Alejandro Jodorowksy, Udo Kier, Tura Satana, Teller, Brother Theodore (incredible!), Divine, Floria Sigismondi, Hermann Nitsch, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Dennis Cooper, Gaspar Noe, performance artist Johanna Went Dame Darcy, Stephen O’Malley, Crispin Glover and many others. A lot of this material was original published in various underground zines, but here the interviews appear in their unedited form. Visually, it’s a treat. There are photographs (some in color) on nearly every single page and the “documentation” and ephemera contained in the book embellishes the discussions nicely.

If, like me, you appreciate being able to eavesdrop in on smart conversations between smart people—and if you’re nostalgic for the fast disappearing world of zine culture—Shade Rupe’s Dark Stars Rising, is a book you won’t want to miss.
-Richard Metzger link to "DARK STARS RISING"

Monday, January 10, 2011

THEE MAJESTY monday Jan 24 and Tuesday, January 25 An evening with Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE & special guest Lonely Christopher

 Thee Majesty performing at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn Jan 24th!
 The show is being presented by the band, Zs (Thee majesty did a remix for their new album which is now out).

AND The next night...

An evening with Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE & special guest Lonely Christopher

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 7:00 PM
St. Marks Bookshop , New York ,
Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE first achieved recognition with the 1969 founding of COUM Transmissions, a confrontational performance collective heavily influenced by Dada, which was later transformed into the band Throbbing Gristle. The culmination of COUM was the 1976 “Prostitution” exhibition at the ICA in London, which featured a stripper, used Tampax sculptures, repurposed pornography and transvestite guards, and caused such a commotion that the British Parliament reconsidered government funding for public art and labeled P-Orridge and h/er collaborators “Wreckers of Civilization”.

P-Orridge went on to found the ground-breaking band, Psychic TV. In the 1990s, P-Orridge began a collaboration with the performance artist Lady Jaye Breyer, which focused on a single, central concern—deconstructing the fiction of self. Influenced by “cut-up” techniques and frustrated by what they felt to be imposed limits on personal and expressive identity and on the language of true love, P-Orridge and Lady Jaye applied the strategy of “cutting-up” to their own bodies, in an effort to merge their two identities, through plastic surgery, hormone therapy, cross-dressing and altered behavior, into a single, “pandrogynous” character, “BREYER P-ORRIDGE". Although Lady Jaye passed away in 2007, the project continues with Genesis embodying the entirety of BREYER P-ORRIDGE.

Genesis P-Orridge and BREYER P-ORRIDGE have exhibited internationally, including recent exhibitions at Deitch Projects, Mass MOCA, Centre Pompidou, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Barbican Museum, the Swiss Institute and White Columns, amongst others. Work was recently acquired for the permanent collection of the Tate Britain. S/he is the author of THEE PSYCHICK BIBLE (Feral House 2010).

LONELY CHRISTOPHER is the author of THE MECHANICS OF HOMOSEXUAL INTERCOURSE (Akashic 2010), a radical map of shortcomings in our daily experiences in the form of a debut story collection, which presents thematically related windows into serious emotional trouble and monstrous love. Lonely Christopher combines a striking emotional grammar with an unyielding imagination in the lovely-ugly architecture of his stories. He is the author of several poetry chapbooks and the volume Into (with Christopher Sweeney and Robert Snyderman). As a librettist and playwright, his dramatic works have been published, staged in New York City and internationally, and released in Mandarin translation. He is a founding member of the small press The Corresponding Society and an editor of its biannual journal Correspondence. He lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.




originally published in Arthur No. 2 (Jan 2003

G P-O: When I did Contemporary Artists (1977), I’d written these questionnaires to the thousand ‘most important’ artists in the last century, and they would write back, and one of the things asked was what were their influences. Most people would say ‘oh I was influenced by meeting this person or reading that book,’ but once in a while you would get somebody who would say, ‘Nothing.’ They would basically say ‘I am just so brilliant and I have this God-given talent that’s MINE ALONE, and NOTHING influenced me.’ That’s ridiculous! Everything that happens to us every second is influencing everything else. That’s the new way. That’s what we’ve taught ourselves.

D: Right, and to be open to that is to be open to being a great artist for this century, and to be closed to that is for an artist die.

G P-O: It’s also just being modern. There’s the old way, which is all about individual ego, individual power, individual self-gratification and so on. It‘s over. Just geographically, there’s too many people now. You’ve GOT to learn to get on with each other. We’re pushed up against each other, that’s why there’s friction right now. There’s a lot of individual universes clustered here, and they’ve got to start to not trying to keep maintaining that little separation, they’ve got to start becoming, if you like, instead of atoms and molecules, instead of molecules, something else. So, as we’re more and more able to go smaller in terms of what we observe with science in a literal sense, we have to, funnily enough, get bigger in terms of us as beings.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

QUOTES: on the importance of archiving...

(from  Agit Reader 2008 interview)

"Michael Horovitz we knew from the psychedelic scene from the ‘60s. He used to look after Timothy Leary’s archives. When Leary was in jail, it was Michael Horovitz who kept the archives hidden and safe. The FBI and the authorities did everything they could to intimidate Michael and get him to tell them where the archives were."

"They’re always trying to find out what the alternative culture is really doing and one way they do that is to attack some significant people and try to get hold of their works so they can learn from it what their new strategies might be."