Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Influential Rock Musician, Dies at 70

Lawrence Kim
March 15, 2020

Even after Lady Jaye's unfortunate death in 2007, P-Orridge carried on with the project.

Genesis was born with the name Neil Andrew Megson in 1950 in Manchester, England. In 1976, P-Orridge's COUM collective organized a revolutionary 1976 art exhibit called "Prostitution" that featured strippers, pornography and used tampons. Upon establishing an alter-ego stage name, the artist joined experimental band Throbbing Gristle, known for its hard, industrial sounds.

P-Orridge found a broader rock audience in the 1980s as leader of Psychic TV, an acid-house band that managed to release a new full-length album monthly for 23 straight months. Identifying as a third gender, Genesis began an extended body modification project alongside h/er spouse Jacqueline Mary Breyer, better known as Lady Jaye. P-Orridge sued Rubin and his American Recordings label, and was awarded over $1.5 million United States dollars in 1998.

Boundary breaking English musician Genesis P-Orridge has died.

P-Orridge "submitted that pure noise could be as expressive as a musical instrument", wrote Times music writer Randall Roberts in an October interview with the musician, two years after s/he was diagnosed with leukemia.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our friend, great influence and beloved artist and legend Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

"Dear friends, family and loving supporters", the statement reads.

The statement continued to say, "S/he had been battling leukemia for two and a half years and dropped he/r body early this morning, Saturday March 14th, 2020".

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