Wreckers of Civilisation [Civilization]: The Story of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle

London: Black Dog Publishing, 1999. First Edition, originally issued as a trade softcover original. This copy rebound by Wiering Books in gray cloth with black titles and rule and an original Throbbing Gristle thunderbolt patch inset onto the front board. Artistically INSCRIBED by Throbbing Gristle frontman and COUM founder Genesis P-Orridge on the second blank: "To Andy / cari saluti, KNOW TIME / Genesis P-Orridge."

Brainchild of Genesis P-Orridge (nee Neil Megson), COUM Transmissions was an influential and controversial performance art group. Using similar techniques as, and occasionally working with, such experimental artists as William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and the FLUXUS collective, as well as explicit nudity, bodily fluids, and other taboo material, they created shocking and confrontational exhibitions and happenings. In 1976, P-Orridge, along with COUM members Cosey Fanni Tutti and Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, formed the pioneering industrial band Throbbing Gristle, continuing the group's experiments with noise, tape loops, samples, and found sounds, and influencing countless acts to follow.

An in-depth exegesis of COUM/TG's boundary pushing work through the band's first breakup in 1981, including a complete discography and chronology of performances, concerts, and exhibitions. A unique presentation, in keeping with the utter originality of the subject, of a book that is quite scarce in its original paperback binding.

Fine in boards. Small bindery label to the rear pastedown. Interior pages with some light soiling or waviness, Near Fine overall.


[Book #133226]

Price: $950.00