Throbbing Gristle’s Hackney

At the end of the 1970s, the London Borough of Hackney, which is located northeast of the city’s center, accommodated the so-called Death Factory. It was the rehearsal space and recording studio for the band Throbbing Gristle, and was also a kind of headquarters for the early Industrial movement. In 2006, the geographer Andrew Gowans began searching for clues in this area, now mythologized as the birthplace of Industrial. The former Death Factory at 10 Martello Street is now an artist’s studio; the surrounding area is still largely going to rack and ruin, despite some tentative attempts at gentrification. Monotony and gloom still characterize Throbbing Gristle’s former place of residence on Beck Road. And then, over the ruined factory, there’s a funny noise, was the way Genesis P-Orridge had described the musical genius of this area in 1976.


  • original Title: Throbbing Gristle’s Hackney
  • Date: 2006
  • Genre: Photography

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