London: Faber & Faber, 2017. Paperback, ix+502 pages. New.
Cosey Fanni Tutti is one of the co-founders of Throbbing Gristle, known for her performance art, her work in the sex industry and her pioneering electronic music as one half of Chris & Cosey. In this highly engaging and revealing memoir, she tells her story of her various artistic and musical endeavors, from her early meeting and relationship with Genesis P-Orridge, her work with the controversial COUM performance collective, her work with Throbbing Gristle, excursions into sex work which brought her into conflict with feminist campaigners, and much more. Providing a window into the ups and downs of some of the most well-known personalities from British counter-cultural music and performance, Art Sex Music reveals the author’s unswerving dedication to challenging convention, and her resilience in the face of hardship and toxic relationships. Illustrated with colour photographs of the author at play, at home, and in performance, Art Sex Music is an amazing glimpse of one of Britain’s most challenging and gifted performers. A must for anyone interested in musical and artistic counter-culture.