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Art Sex Music Paperback – 6 Apr 2017
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A remarkable autobiography ... One of Art Sex Music's most compelling elements is the clash between the everyday and the extreme ... A surprisingly rounded human portrait. It is difficult, provocative material, but Tutti's clarity and conviction cuts through ... Inspiring. (Victoria Segal The Sunday Times)
An extraordinary life ... There are moments of deadpan humour in it ... but it is an often harrowing read, pockmarked by familial dysfunction and violence ... For all the talk of investigating concepts, Art Sex Music makes [Throbbing Gristle's] sound seem less like an artistic exercise than an expression of the chaos in their personal lives ... It seems a miracle the band managed to achieve anything, let alone a series of albums that spawned an entire musical genre named after their record label, Industrial. (Alexis Petridis The Guardian)
Art Sex Music isn't merely a memoir, then; it's a chance for Tutti to clear up the misconceptions about her career and reclaim her own narrative - and what an extraordinary narrative it is. This is the tale of a preternaturally creative individual dedicated to challenging and, where possible, breaking down ideological and social barriers, often at enormous personal cost. It's also about resourcefulness amid astonishing unpleasantness and hardship ... Forever accustomed to life as an outsider, Tutti has never sought approval, but now it's here whether she likes it or not. (Fiona Sturges The Guardian)
Entirely gripping [...] direct and funny. (Telegraph)
Art Sex Music is an inspiring document of just how far, and far out, she has travelled (Sunday Times)
Artist, musician and sometime pornographic actress Tutti on her extraordinary life - and her awful liaison with a Throbbing Gristle bandmate. (The Telegraph's Best Books of 2017)
[Cosey] is far from a household name but her book Art Sex Music arrives laying out huge concepts in its title, confidently, as it should. (Jude Rodgers New Statesman 2017-05-02)
For someone with an (imagined) fearsome reputation as an "out there" artist, this memoir succeeds because the details unfold at a gentle pace. you don't get any sense of bitterness about the things that have gone awry, just a sense of wonder related to the things that have gone right. That kind of positivity, in these awful times, is exactly what we need. (Freq)
A fascinating document. (Drowned In Sound)
An unfussy narrative that's rich in everyday observation, a style that reflects the blunt honesty that was a hallmark of Throbbing Gristle's life-as-art aesthetic (Mojo)
Punk, pornographer, pioneer, provocateur: the incredible story of Cosey Fanni Tutti, the performer whose art and music inspired a generation and rocked the establishment to its core.See all Product description
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In particular her views on porn and the sex industry sheds a light few of us will ever experience, but none the less can view through the eye of the artists herself, the good the bad and the ugly.
Her once deep relationship with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and the destructive force brought about to control the direction, as well as those directly involved in the pursuit of the art they created, accumulating in a web of deceit and lies, which ultimately led to the demise of the collective works, but the beginning of a new era on the electronic music frontier. If your interested in art, music and the underground scene during the 70's through to the present day this book would be a valued addition to your library, a highly recommended read.
Cosey often supported herself by working as a model in the adult soft-core porn industry as well as working as a stripper - she looks back on this without descending into moralising or regret. She channelled her experiences into a series of art works that toured a number of major European cities - I would have liked to know more about the concepts behind this work. Some fascinating material here although the book overall is a little uneven, Cosey writes more vividly about the past than the near-present, and this makes the final sections a little sketchy. Worth reading but not as polished as Viv Albertine's work.
Music, performance, photo, video, now a sound proof that she's a brill writer....flows so well, bringing her life into your head so easily....
But ...I can't help thinking that Gen shoulda been gagged and buttplugged for good a long time ago....tyrannical sociopaths can be such an incredible pain ...the whole TG gang were unbelievably patient and tolerant of his violent toddler behaviour...buy this book and get yisself edgercated on the inside to the outside! Thank you , Cosey!!!
It is also wonderful in terms of extensive detail on growing up in 1970's Britain in Yorkshire, and the industrial music scene, and the influences that led to its manifestation.
I could have read more. The sections on her relationship with Genesis P O were more than eye opening especially his treatment of her which I kind of expected but not to that extent.
A great book
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