Peter Christopherson 1955-2010 R.I.P.

Throbbing Gristle
co-founder was also a gifted visual artist who worked with the legendary
Hipgnosis design team.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Details seem somewhat sketchy at the moment, but word began
trickling out yesterday of the passing of Throbbing Gristle co-founder Peter “Sleazy”
Christopherson at the age of 55. He apparently died in his sleep on Wednesday,
Nov. 24, at his home in Thailand.

 

You can read the official obituary at the Throbbing Gristle
website
, which reads, in part, “The music and art world has lost a great talent
whose unique approach ignored the conventions of the day and often challenged the status quo. At the time of his
death, Sleazy was in the midst of assembling what was to be Throbbing Gristle’s
next project: a cover version of Nico’s Desertshore album. Sleazy was a kind and beautiful soul. No words can express how much he
will be missed.”

 

Throbbing Gristle – Christopherson, Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey
Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter – commenced operations in England in 1976
and are widely credited with being one of the first industrial groups. The band
broke up in ’81 and P-Orridge and Christopherson subsequently formed Psychic
TV. In later years Christopherson was a member of Coil; Throbbing Gristle got
back together in 2004.

 

Throbbing Gristle was in the news recently; an account of T.G.
member P-Orridge apparently leaving the group in the middle of a tour was
subsequently disputed by P-Orridge, who posted his side of the story at his
blog.

 

 

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