Art Sex Music (Paperback)Cosey Fanni Tutti (author)
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Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 36 mm
-- Kirkus Reviews (Starred)
"If Viv Albertine's 2014 memoir Clothes Music Boys offered a woman's revelatory perspective on punk, then Cosey Fanni Tutti's Art Sex Music does the same for industrial, the genre she helped invent as part of Throbbing Gristle. This wasn't, she explains, just an unsettling sound but a way of life, a form of liberation that took her from a schoolgirl oppressed by her domineering father in Hull to an internationally recognized artist of the avant-garde: a way "to be independent, active, thorough, and committed." TG were defiantly underground until the mainstream caught wind; for this ethos, and their explicit exhibition at London's ICA, they were deemed "wreckers of civilization" by Tory politicians in 1976.
Outside of the band, this dynamic underpinned Cosey's revolutionary artworks. She started out making mail art, compiling collages from porn magazines and sending them through the post. But she realized that for her work to be truly authentic, she couldn't rely on images of other women's bodies, and started putting her own into the frame: in her own erotic photo shoots, in commercial pornography films and magazines, and as a dancer. "My life is my art," she writes. "My art is my life."
Cosey is a funny, lucid writer, who describes bathing her infant son in one breath and participating in a faux lesbian act the next with no distinction between the satisfaction they gave her. Her self-assurance and sheer dedication to her work show up her bandmate and early lover Genesis P-Orridge (who uses the pronoun h/er) as a charlatan. Though Cosey unsparingly describes h/er attempts to kill her by throwing a cinderblock from a balcony, the accounts of h/er mewling petulance might be more damning to P-Orridge's supposedly transgressive reputation. Art Sex Music is a book for the ages--it doesn't just illuminate Cosey's personal liberation but how her work loosened Britain's staid mores, too."
--Pitchfork, named one of the Best Music Books of 2017
"Tutti's memoir, Art Sex Music, lives up to her promise, brilliantly elucidating the 65-year-old's complex career as one of the founders of industrial music with Throbbing Gristle in the late '70s, and an acclaimed performance artist who used her body to probe the dynamics of pornography and S&M.... Art Sex Music lacks a satisfying conclusion because Tutti's work is ongoing. For her, "industrial" was a way of life, rather than a sound -- "to be independent, active, productive, thorough, and committed." She hasn't wavered from it. For her followers, the comprehensive Art Sex Music will feel biblical. For anyone who can't stomach her art, this memoir is a rigorous extension of Tutti's art-as-life philosophy in its most accessible form." --MTV Online
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