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Cosey Fanni Tutti
Re-sisters - The Lives and Recordings of Delia Derbyshire, Margery Kempe and Cosey Fanni Tutti
Faber & Faber
Release Date
August 18, 2022

From the acclaimed author of Art Sex Music comes a vital meditation on womanhood, creativity and self-expression, and a revelatory exploration into the lives of three visionary artists. From the acclaimed author of Art Sex Music comes a vital meditation on womanhood, creativity and self-expression, and a revelatory exploration into the lives of three visionary artists.

Myself , Delia and Margery - a trinity of the sacred and profane , sinners and saints of a kind. Three defiant women with our individual, unconventional attitude to life. Untameable spirits, progressive thinkers living within the inherent societal constraints of our times. In 2018, boundary-breaking visual and sonic artist Cosey Fanni Tutti received a commission to write the soundtrack to a film about Delia Derbyshire, the pioneering electronic composer who influenced the likes of Aphex Twin and the Chemical Brothers. While researching Delia's life, Cosey became immersed in Derbyshire's story and uncovered some fascinating parallels with her own life. At the same time Cosey began reading about Margery Kempe, the 15th century mystic visionary who wrote the first English language autobiography. Re-sisters is the story of three women consumed by their passion for life, a passion they expressed through music, art and lifestyle; they were undaunted by the consequences they faced in pursuit of enriching their lives, and fiercely challenged the societal and cultural norms of their time.

About Cosey Fanni Tutti

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 channelling her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease, her work on the margins has come to reshape the mainstream. Her first book, Art Sex Music, was a Sunday Times, Telegraph, Rough Trade, Pitchfork and Uncut Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize.

'Sparked by coincidence and fuelled by strong feelings of like-mindedness, Cosey Fanni Tutti inhabits the lives of two famously iconoclastic women, Delia Derbyshire and Margery Kempe, clearly identifying them as both kindred spirits and profound sources of inspiration, and vividly blending their stories with her own. The result is pure Cosey Fanni Tutti: passionate, original, and fiercely defiant. ', Rupert Thomson

'I love Cosey Fanni Tutti. Simple as that.', Nick Cave

Limited Edition full details

Rigid solander box with title blind debossed on front tray spine, two-colour foil blocking of Re-Sisters waveform motif on front tray front panel, outer box lined in Wibalin Natural 530 Ruby. Inner box tray lined in WBN 032 Grey
The box contains a fine bound copy of the book, signed on page i by the author and numbered by hand (i–v for author, 1–295 for sale)
The extent is 400pp, TPS is 234 x 153mm, printed 1/1 on 80gsm Munken Premium Cream FSC paper, the book's sections are sewn, with WBN Grey endpapers, Winterbrand head and tail bands, cased in Skivertex Vicuana artificial leather over 2500 micron FSC boards, with title blocked in red foil and Re-- Sisters waveform motif blind debossed, with a rounded spine.
On the inside back panel of the book there is an 8pp letterfold printed CMYK on one side with a triptych of images from the writings of the three protagonists printed on 120gsm Munken Pure.
Beneath the book are two recessed panels in inner tray containing:

  • 1 x lead-free pewter erotic pilgrim brooch with Re-Sisters waveform motif, in velvet pouch with description label printed in black
  • 1 x red audio tape cassette with Music to Read By composed and performed by Cosey Fanni Tutti in a colour-printed cardboard sleeve. The cassette has A and B sides containing approx sixty mins of audio. Red ribbon to remove cassette from recess.

The box will be supplied wrapped in kraft paper with a label, numbered by hand to match the number of the book in the series.

Cosey Fanni Tutti

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