BrooklynRail.org published a memorial tribute to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge by William Breeze. It begins:
“Throbbing Gristle—the band I consider England’s answer to the Velvet Underground—had a 1981 live album Mission of Dead Souls, with a track titled ‘Looking for the OTO’—referring to Ordo Templi Orientis, the magical fraternity led by Aleister Crowley. When I heard, in the late ’80, that Genesis P-Orridge was visiting New York, I sent him (as s/he then was) a copy of our recently published journal The Equinox , with a note: ‘I understand that you are looking for us?’ Before long we met and became fast friends.
“Genesis was an unofficial roving British Council, an inveterate networker who generously shared resources and contacts to promote the creative work of others. For example, s/he owned an important William S. Burroughs literary and media archive, including masters for Antony Balch’s William Burroughs vehicle Towers Open Fire (1963) and other films, and s/he had collaborated with the poet-filmmaker Derek Jarman, both then virtually unknown in America. He/r good offices led to their US release through my label, Mystic Fire Video. Scores of people could provide similar examples. He/r influence was far wider than the projects to which s/he attached he/r name.”
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