COUM Transmissions  – Humber Street Gallery

COUM Transmissions – Humber Street Gallery

This text tells the story of two interconnected groups: the performance art group COUM Transmissions (1969-1979) and the music group, Throbbing Gristle (1975-1981). COUM shocked art audiences with their public nudity and often masochistic art actions. TG likewise shocked music audiences with their sonic terrorism and explicit lyrics. The book documents both groups work, and places it in the context of avant-gardism and permissiveness.

This text tells the story of two interconnected groups: the performance art group COUM Transmissions (1969-1979) and the music group, Throbbing Gristle (1975-1981). COUM shocked art audiences with their public nudity and often masochistic art actions. TG likewise shocked music audiences with their sonic terrorism and explicit lyrics. The book documents both groups work, and places it in the context of avant-gardism and permissiveness.

COUM Transmissions, Keeping Britain Tidy, 1973 from Simon Ford’s Wreckers of Civilization: The Story of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle

COUM Transmissions, Keeping Britain Tidy, 1973 from Simon Ford’s Wreckers of Civilization: The Story of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle

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