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Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes
A new film by Caroline Catz, with original score by Cosey Fanni Tutti.
Available now on BBC iPlayer
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Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes

From British actor and film-maker Caroline Catz (pictured), Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes presents a cinematic exploration of the life and creative output of the Coventry-born electronic musician and sound pioneer, whose creation of the iconic Doctor Who theme tune in 1963 contributed immensely to the awareness and appreciation of electronic music in Britain.

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and The Legendary Tapes is presented as part of the BBC’s programming around the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

Written and directed by Caroline Catz, who also plays Delia, the film combines dramatisations, archival materials and interviews with Delia’s collaborators, while honouring the BBC Radiophonic Workshop arranger-composer's own questing spirit.

Delia Derbyshire’s story is told through two archives, the first, a collection of lost works, 267 reels of quarter inch magnetic
tape recordings of Delia’s work found in her attic after her death and another discovered in Delia’s childhood bedroom during recent renovations that revealed her school books, paintings and keepsakes. Delia’s own pieces of music are featured alongside an original soundtrack by musician and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti.

It was the winner of the Nathaniel Hornblower Award - SXSW Festival 2021 and had its world premiere at the BFI London film festival 2020.

The Guardian ★★★★ Review
Experimental and inventive... an intimate and arty portrait of the influential electronic musician.

The NewStatesman - Review
”Delia Derbyshire doc is a triumphant portrait of a brilliant woman.”

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Faber & Faber signs 'revelatory' new book
from Cosey Fanni Tutti
Due for publication in Spring 2022
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Faber has signed a “revelatory” new book from writer and musician Cosey Fanni Tutti, author of 2017 memoir Art Sex Magic (Faber).

The untitled book will be released in spring 2022 after head of Faber Social, Alexa von Hirschberg, acquired world all language rights from Matthew Hamilton at the Hamilton Agency.

It will see Fanni Tutti explore the personal and creative connections between herself, the iconic 1960s electronic musician Delia Derbyshire and the 15th-century mystic visionary Margery Kempe.

Fanni Tutti began her career in 1969, becoming known for her performance art, her work in the sex industry, as the co-founder of pioneering band Throbbing Gristle, and for her electronic music as half of Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti.

Her previous book, 
Art Sex Magic, is currently being adapted into a film.
She said: “A few years ago I accepted the exciting offer to compose the soundtrack for a film on Delia Derbyshire and my subsequent research led me into territories I hadn’t anticipated, revealing unexpected connections between myself and Delia. Then while rummaging through the dusty shelves of a second-hand bookshop I came across an old paperback book based on what is recognised as being the first autobiography written in English, 
The Book of Margery Kempe, whose author was born and lived in King’s Lynn, my local town. As I got deeper into my research on Delia and Margery I was intrigued and surprised by how our worlds and our “recordings” of our lives revealed a shared dogged determination to retain a sense of self within the societies of our time despite the challenges of being constantly undermined and pressured to accept our “place”, to play our “part”. How we sought a sense of fulfilment and freedom.”

Von Hirschberg added: “This book will be a revelatory meditation on womanhood, creativity, self-expression, freedom and experimentation which will uncover the surprising links between three courageous artists. Cosey Fanni Tutti is an exceptional writer and this book will establish her as a pioneering literary as well as an artistic and musical voice.”
Kate Hutchinson interviews Cosey Fanni Tutti for this new podcast.
MUSIC LIFE - on the BBC World Service
Creative catharsis with Gazelle Twin, Lucrecia Dalt, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Keeley Forsyth.

Gazelle Twin, Lucrecia Dalt, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Keeley Forsyth, four artists making truly original music outside of the mainstream, discuss how they use electronics to build different themes in their music, working within and breaking out of their sonic comfort zones, and how making music leads to creative catharsis.
Listen or Download at the BBC
French edition of Cosey's best selling memoir
Art Sex Music now available
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« Le royaume des hippies avait ses conventions, même si elles n’avaient pas toujours grand sens. On se rebellait contre le système en jouant les marginaux, mais on ne se gênait pas pour toucher la sécurité sociale ou les allocations de l’État. La pauvreté, la faim et un sentiment de responsabilité envers Tremble, Mooshine et Gen m’ont décidée. Si je prenais un job, Gen serait libre de se consacrer à l’art et nous aurions de quoi payer les courses, le loyer et les matières premières. »

C’est l’histoire de Christine Newby, dite Carol, Cosmosis, Cosey, Cosey Fanni Tutti... C’est elle qui nous en fait le récit, et il est essentiel que ce soit d’elle que nous le tenions : Art Sexe Musique offre un éclairage unique en son genre, ancré dans l’intimité, sur l’underground, le monde de la pornographie et le milieu de l’art britanniques. Artiste multidisciplinaire, figure incontournable de l’histoire de la musique industrielle (avec Throbbing Gristle) et de la synth wave (avec Chris & Cosey), Cosey Fanny Tutti est aussi connue pour ses années au sein du collectif à géométrie variable COUM Transmissions, ainsi que pour son travail de performeuse et de plasticienne, qui met en évidence la porosité entre marché de l’art et industrie du sexe, la nécessité d’accomplir des rituels, et tant d’autres choses encore. S’appuyant sur des extraits de ses journaux intimes, elle nous parle de travail domestique et de strip-tease, de squat, de drogue et de formulaire, de sexe et d’amour, de subversion et d’attention aux autres. Si Cosey Fanni Tutti n’a cessé de multiplier les expériences, sa vie s’est très vite fondée sur un principe d’identité porté à l’extrême : ma vie = mon œuvre. Son récit est celui d’une femme en lutte constante pour son autonomie, dans ses multiples relations familiales, artistiques, sexuelles et sentimentales. Dans un foisonnement de collaborations, au fil de succès improbables, au rythme des joies et des déboires des retrouvailles, on voit naître des rapports de manipulation et de domination, mais aussi se nouer d’insondables amitiés. Dans Art Sexe Musique, tout est dans tout, mais à la première personne : le livre est un point de vue à la fois situé et transversal sur l’underground anglais des années 1960 à nos jours, et le témoignage électrisant de ce que l’art fait à une vie. Art Sexe Musique de Cosey Fanni Tutti (Art Sex Music - Faber & Faber - 2017)

20€ 488 pages
Traduction : Fanny Quément
Réalisation graphique : Charlie Janiaut
Illustration : Stephen Vuillemin
ISBN : 978-2-492469-02-2
Distribution : Makassar
Publié avec le concours de la Région Occitanie
New Faber ‘Greatest Hits’ paperback edition
available now!
Books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century.



Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the hugely influential avant-garde band Throbbing Gristle, as one half of electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, and as an artist channellingp her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease, her work on the margins has come to reshape the mainstream. Shocking, wise and life-affirming, Art Sex Music is the fascinating memoir of an inspirational woman.

Faber & Faber
Cosey Fanni Tutti – Book Shambles
Robin Ince has often mentioned how much he enjoyed Cosey Fanni Tutti's book Art Sex Music so it was only right he finally got her on the show.

Cosey joins Robin Ince and Josie Long to talk about Hull, the counter culture, finding your own path in art and feminism in the 70s. Josie was having all myriad of technical difficulties during this recording so please bear with her! And also please note that there is some discussion about the ‘scene’ in the 60s and 70s that people may find upsetting.
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Squid have released a new EP of remixes, simply titled Remixes, on Warp.

The EP features reworkings of two tracks from the band’s debut album — Bright Green Field — by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Loraine James.

I got pretty forensic extracting fragments of sound as well as deconstructing, manipulating, sampling adding new sounds and rearranging new tracks… I loved every minute of diving into the world of Squid” says Cosey.

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UK avant-garde & industrial icon Cosey Fanni Tutti gifts us with an hour long guest mix.

Delia Derbyshire
The Myths and the legendary Tapes
Directed by Caroline Catz
Soundtrack by Cosey Fanni Tutti

Showing at SXSW
until 21st March