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Art Sex Music

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This is a difficult book to review. It's not for everyone. I don't know a lot about the bands that Cosey Fanni Tutti was in, or the art she's produced. The first 100 pages did not really pull me in. But by the end of the book, I was happily reading as quickly as possible, and I found myself listening to music from her bands and others that she discusses. In fact, this book has led me to additional books, music, and art, and I know that I will continue to explore the music made by this author and her friends. The author's struggles to create art, have healthy relationships, and just survive were inspiring, even though I was often horrified at the situations she put herself into (and sometimes was forced into) as a young woman. She is an indomitable person, a true artist, and an inspiration. That said, the book is long, and contains a lot of detail that might not be as interesting to people who don't follow this kind of music or art. The end of the book is often frustrating, due to the difficult behavior of a bandmate. This is Cosey's side of the story, and I think some readers might be put off that there is no attempt to present both sides of the case. That wasn't an issue for me - this is Cosey's book about her life. ( )
1 vote MissPrudence | Jun 8, 2017 |
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Art, Sex, Music is an autobiographic work by Cosey Fanni Tutti (born Christine Newby; 4 November 1951). It is a study in self-examination based on diaries kept by the author. She states that she started early in keeping her journals. The first entry quoted in from 1966 which would have been when she was fifteen. However, there is some indication that she started earlier.

I found this to be a tedious read. This might be because the avant-garde work of her generation is unfamiliar to me or that too much of the book descends into a “he said then I said” format. Much of the work chronicles the relationship between her and Genesis P-Orridge (born Neil Andrew Megson; 22 February 1950)
From the viewpoint of this book, Mr. Megson appears to be a total abusive ass. However, I have not read his book so it is hard to tell.

At any rate, there are 501 pages of detailed description of Ms. Newby’s work and times. There is a good chance that a younger reader would take away a good deal more from the work than I did. I found it a struggle to read to the end of the book and that is a rare experience for me. ( )
  hippypaul | May 30, 2017 |
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I requested this early review book since I recognised the band name Throbbing Gristle in the quick author summary.

She kind of races through childhood, giving an "and then.. and then.." litany of events but rarely lingering over them with any degree of descriptiveness when I really wanted to hear more. It does give a base of how hard she had to be growing up scrapping in Hull. She mentions a lot of friends by first name but doesn't hang a lot of description on them so it's hard to keep track. I didn't realise for pages that Gen was Genesis P-Orridge, oops. She seems to assume a lot of familiarity with the members of COUM and other bands, and it was confusing since a lot of them had many names. It was also super stressful to read about her abusive relationship with Gen. I did love reading about her creative process, especially how she did nude modelling to collect magazine images to include in her art work. The musical collaborations were amazing too, barring Gen messing them up. She's brutally honest about medical scares as well (she was involved with a hospital scandal after a miscarriage) and open with sharing her love for her various collaborators and family. The financial burdens of producing music and touring were exposed as well, I remembered when a few labels/distributors folded but didn't hear how that affected the bands on them.
A quote that jumped out at me: "There's nothing worse than wanting to do something but having a 'maybe' hanging over you." I've been burning out a bit on making plans with people and that resonated. I felt like I should have made up a soundtrack to listen to while reading this, so many good bands were mentioned! ( )
1 vote silentq | May 24, 2017 |
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I received this item as an Early Reviewers copy at LibraryThing, and am glad to give my personal opinion of the book.

This is an enormous brick of a book! It's basically a memoir, so I wish there were tons of photographs, and there are none--zero, zero, zero. That would add a lot of interest to the book even for non-Cosi Fan Tutti fans. As it is, you might have to be a Cosi Fan Tutti aficionado to enjoy this.

It's basically in a diaristic format. I think she's reconstructing her life and career. I don't know that it's based on any actual diary.

The plain design of the book is handsome, but I find the intense cover a little unsettling--some artsy music person staring at me! ( )
  John5423 | May 18, 2017 |
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Autobiography of Cosey Fanni Tutti, a musician and performance artist. Although she states the book was "tough" to write it appears to be written in a comfortable, easy to read format, using the diaries she kept through the years to provide much detail. Like she says it was written not as a rose-tinted view of her past! ( )
  loraineo | Apr 30, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571328512, Paperback)

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.

Wise, shocking, and elegant, this is the life of Cosey Fanni Tutti.

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