English musician and performance artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has died at the age of 70.
P-Orridge’s daughters shared this message earlier today:
“Dear friends, family and loving supporters,
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce thee passing of our beloved father, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
S/he had been battling leukemia for two and a half years and dropped he/r body early this morning, Saturday March 14th, 2020.
S/he will be laid to rest with h/er other half, Jaqueline “Lady Jaye” Breyer who left us in 2007, where they will be re-united.
Thank you for your love and support and for respecting our privacy as we are grieving.
Caresse & Genesse P-Orridge
P-Orridge (1950 – 2020) pioneered the genre of industrial music as part of Throbbing Gristle and also fronted the experimental band Psychic TV.
P-Orridge was also an icon of non-binary identity, embracing pandrogeny:
“Pandrogeny as a concept is not about gender—it’s about the ending of all binary perception.
It’s influenced by the allegory of the path of no distinction—that all definitions, distinctions, values, matters of what could be considered good, bad, delicious, or revolting are all human-made. They’re not innate. That’s true of identity, which includes gender.
For for us it’s about erasing the need to even consider gender.”
To understand how ahead of time – or outside of it – Genesis Breyer P-Orridge was, consider Throbbing Gristle’s What A Day, released in 1979, when disco ruled the airwaves: