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19 Dec. 2002

Bootleg Series: Scott Treleaven's This Is The Salivation Army

Scott Treleaven
Genesis P-Orridge
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h.1The Bootleg Series #3

This Is The Salivation Army, a compilation by Scott Treleaven

Art Metropole presents the third installment of our exceptionally popular photocopied Bootleg Series of artist’s books.

This Is the Salivation Army is edited by Scott Treleaven to include representative content from all eight issues of his zine, originally published in Toronto from 1996-1999.

New contributions by Michael Barker, GB Jones, and Paul P. have been added, along with an inspirational foreword by Genesis P-Orridge titled “Freedom Or Salivation: A Discourse On Being Radiqueer”. Treleaven provides a new introduction and a full printing of his script from the 9th official and final issue of the zine, “The Salivation Army” film.

This Is the Salivation Army was created and distributed as a record of and manual for independent explorations of new and better ways to coexist. It intelligently countered conventional habits and social structures with words and images of wolfboys, queerpunks, radicalism, love, magick, blood, and spunk. Treleaven’s honesty and generosity is apparent on every page, overflowing with the results of his inclusive embrace. Communities such as this are unique and precious to anyone fortunate enough to have participated first hand, and offer a valuable model for latecomers beginning their discovery with this compilation.

Available as a regular edition, and as a limited edition of 10 signed, numbered and dated copies including an NTSC VHS videocassette copy of The Salivation Army film.

134 pp., 21.5 × 28 cm., paper, b/w

$25.00 regular edition
$40.00 special edition, signed, numbered and dated with VHS videotape

This book follows Art Metropole’s Bootleg #1, Sonic Death Issues 1-7, a reprint of Sonic Youth’s independently published zines, and Bootleg #2, G.P.O. v G.P-O, a reprint of the 1976 book containing documents and correspondence surrounding Genesis P-Orridge’s British court battle concerning the censorship of his mail art postcard practice.

The cultural engineer Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE is an avant-garde anti-hero whose remarkable body of underground work reminds us that when you believe something, artistic integrity demands that you live by it too. In 2007 h/er partner Lady Jaye BREYER dropped h/er body. Since that time Genesis continues to represent the amalgam BREYER P-ORRIDGE in the material “world” and Lady Jaye represents the amalgam BREYER P-ORRIDGE in the immaterial “world” creating an ongoing interdimensional collaboration. Their work documents the physical alterations s/he and the late Lady Jaye, endured within their project Pandrogeny, about re-union and re-solution of male and female to a perfecting hermaphroditic state. Genesis is one of the most rigorous and relentless agents of the postwar Anglo-American vanguard, interrogating the meaning and substance of identity in a peerless half-century program of willful reincarnation and shape-shifting. Embracing the body as not simply the vessel but the site of the avant-garde impulse, BREYER P-ORRIDGE has reinvented and reintroduced h/erself again and again—as Fluxus pioneer, groundbreaking performance artist, inventor of industrial music, “wrecker of civilization,” essayist and theoretician, and, most recently, as pandrogyne.


4: The Salivation Army t-shirt.
5: Artist Scott Treleaven (centre) speaks with a guest.
6: Joel Gibb (left) and Luis Jacob (right) ham it up for the not-so-hidden camera at the launch.
7: Scott Treleaven (far left) surveys the packed house for his book launch.

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