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A SUNDAY TIMES, TELEGRAPH, ROUGH TRADE, PITCHFORK AND UNCUT MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE
Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades.
It is the account of an artist who, as part of COUM Transmissions, represented Britain at the IXth Biennale de Paris, whose Prostitution show at the ICA in 1976 caused the Conservative MP Nicholas Fairbairn to declare her, COUM and Throbbing Gristle ‘Wreckers of Civilisation’ . . . shortly before he was arrested for indecent exposure, and whose work continues to be held at the vanguard of contemporary art.
And it is the story of her work as a pornographic model and striptease artiste which challenged assumptions about morality, erotica and art.
Art Sex Music is the wise, shocking and elegant autobiography of Cosey Fanni Tutti.
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.
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.
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