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In the Eighties, the Inventor’s face was as ubiquitous on magazine covers as her voice was omnipresent on the airwaves. Frontwoman of the musical monolith that was Hope St. Dreams, the media dubbed her “Princess of the Post-Punkalypse” for her groundbreaking soundscapes and decade-defining style. Even back then she was inventing while others were imitating. But long before she was singing in front of sold-out stadiums, she was busking for change with her longtime musical accomplice the Warrior. Together they graduated from singing on street corners to playing in pubs, eventually making it all the way to the top of the pops and even enjoying success overseas. From sleeping in vans to sleeping in mansions, the pair have now come full circle; turning their backs on the trappings and excesses of the rock star life, today they live as self-sustaining permaculturists. Ever a patron of the arts and a believer in empowering the youth, the Inventor devoted much of her wealth to supporting charities such as the Prince’s Trust. “I want to ensure that opportunities exist for those in the *Post*-Post-Punkalypse,” she noted. “And money and fame aren’t the only things worth aspiring to, so I want to show that there are other ways to live a life worth living.”
THE INVENTOR’S TALE
Her cutting-edge coolness adorned clothes shops and bedroom posters everywhere during the Eighties, making her a fashion icon and teenage fantasy to a generation. The music purists, however, weren’t quite so fawning at her meteoric success. “Much like her pill-popping, Prozac-emaciated physique, this little princess’ latest release is all sizzle and no steak,” wrote one spiteful critic. “Her career will thankfully be over by the time she understands that substance is more important than style. Down with this aristocracy – or at least this arse-tocrat.” Not usually one to concern herself with “the chirping of critics”, the Inventor made an exception for this nasty piece of work. “So much ignorance in so few words,” she retorted in an open letter. “Take style, take substance, but for heaven’s sake take some private tuition – you are clearly in desperate need of it. “1) Prozac is likely to cause weight *gain*, not loss. Don’t let this guy score the drugs for your party, kids. 2) My physique is due to a thyroid issue, not pill-popping. Thank you for bringing attention to the condition, though – it needs more awareness. 3) If you’re a music writer who really doesn’t understand that style *is* substance, then your career will be over long before mine. 4) Better to be an ‘arse-tocrat’ (how clever) than a clueless, charmless wretch of an aristarch (bet you had to look that one up). Sincerely, Your Princess” The incident was a catalyst for the Inventor reevaluating her responsibility as a public figure, leading to her becoming more socially aware. Emerging as a champion of agroecology and a spokesperson for sustainability issues, she was quick to correct the media labelling her an ‘eco-warrior’. “I am anti-war. Human beings are committing eco-war on the planet, and my goal is to bring peace to that conflict – so if you must call me something, please call me an eco-pacifist.”
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