Legal name: Neil Megson
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (born 22 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, and occultist. S/he rose to notability as founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective, which operated in Britain from 1969 to 1975. P-Orridge 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 s/he established in 1981.
Born in Manchester as Neil Andrew Megson, 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 h/er nom-de-guerre. On returning to Hull, P-Orridge founded COUM Transmissions, whose activities attracted the attention of the national press; h/er confrontational performance work dealt with such subjects as sex work, pornography, serial killers, and occultism, representing a concerted attempt to challenge societal norms. H/er 1976 Prostitution show at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts was particularly vilified by the tabloid press, gaining them the moniker of the "wreckers of civilization."
P-Orridge received widespread press criticism and police harassment after being falsely accused of ritual sexual abuse in 1992. In response, s/he left the United Kingdom and moved to New York City in the United States. There, P-Orridge 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, s/he retired from music to focus on other artistic mediums in 2009.
P-Orridge is credited on over 200 releases, throughout which s/he has focused on an anti-establishment stance. A highly controversial figure, P-Orridge has been heavily criticised by the British press and politicians. H/er impact has earned h/er the moniker of "the Godfather of Industrial Music".