Author:Cosey Fanni Tutti
Cosey is of course best known as a founder member of COUM/Throbbing Gristle and it is appropriate that this book coincides with her native Hull being City of Culture 2017 with COUM/TG being heavily featured – rightly so. One of the most fascinating aspects of this book is her vivid description of the truly weird art/music/squatter netherworld that existed in Hull in the late 60s/early 70s (who knew?!) and provided an escape from her unsettled home life – although when COUM and fellow squatters are not busy being ‘wreckers of civilization’ they are less than revolutionary with their attitude to women’s liberation and so she is is also required to cook, clean and push a pram full of clothes several miles from their deserted dockland HQ to the nearest laundry.
She soon falls in with one Genesis P.Orridge both as a lover and art/musical collaborator. Suffice to say she doesn’t speak highly of GPO who comes across a manipulative, childish, needy misanthrope with a penchant for hurling domestic animals, breeze blocks and whatever else comes to hand. Cosey, it has to be said, is used to handling herself in the rough and tumble of post-war Hull » Continue Reading.