Legal name: Neil Megson
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (born Neil Andrew Megson; 22 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, and occultist. P-Orridge rose to notability as founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective, which operated in Britain from 1969 to 1975. They then fronted the pioneering industrial band Throbbing Gristle between 1975 and 1981 and the experimental band Psychic TV from 1981 to 1999. P-Orridge is also a founding member of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth, an informal occult order established in 1981.
Born in Manchester, P-Orridge developed an early interest in art, occultism, and the avant-garde while at Solihull School. After dropping out of studies at the University of Hull, P-Orridge moved into a counter-cultural commune and adopted their nom-de-guerre. On returning to Hull, P-Orridge founded COUM Transmissions, whose activities attracted the attention of the national press; their confrontational performance work dealt with such subjects as sex work, pornography, serial killers, and occultism, representing a concerted attempt to challenge societal norms. Their 1976 Prostition show at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts was particularly vilified, gaining them the moniker of the "wreckers of civilisation".
P-Orridge received widespread press criticism and police harassment after being falsely accused of ritual sexual abuse in 1992. In response, they left the United Kingdom and moved to New York City in the United States. There, they married Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge in 1993, and together they embarked on the Pandrogeny Project, an attempt to unite as a pandrogyne, or single entity, through the use of surgical body modification to physically resemble one another. P-Orridge continued with this project of body modification after Lady Jaye's 2007 death. Although P-Orridge was involved in reunions of both Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV in the 2000s, they retired from music to focus on other artistic mediums in 2009.
P-Orridge is credited on over 200 releases, throughout which they have focused on an anti-establishment stance. A highly controversial figure, P-Orridge has been heavily criticised by the British press and politicians.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license