Author(s): Lars Sundestrand
Photography, interviews and archival material from the Throbbing Gristle subcultureBetween 1978 and 1983, Swedish writer and photographer Lars Sundestrand put together the seminal industrial music/culture fanzine FUNTIME. The zine was unique in its intimacy; Sundestrand's specialty was to strike up long-term friendships with the artists he admired and wanted to document. One of these artists was Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, whom Sundestrand met during the heyday of industrial music. P-Orridge's musical project, Throbbing Gristle, and their label, Industrial Records, were making an unlikely big splash in arts and music scenes, and Sundestrand was there while it happened, camera in hand. Along the way, Sundestrand met the influential and difficult Monte Cazazza, another performer with Industrial Records (RE/Search described his work as "insanity-outbreaks thinly disguised as art events"). And when Throbbing Gristle morphed into the band Psychic TV and the magical cult Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth (now the subject of a major documentary film), Sundestrand kept in touch and kept photographing all the key players. To Become Who You Are is a book about that time and those relationships, a remarkable feat of documentation and a chronicle of a group of extremely searching minds at work in art, music and culture. Besides Sundestrand's own photos, interviews and texts, the book contains personal letters, "Industrial newsletters," "propaganda" for Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth and much more. After his years running FUNTIME, Lars Sundestrand (born 1957) has continued working as a photographer and journalist. To date, Sundestrand has made some 60 artists' books containing his photographs. To Become Who You Are is his first book in English.