Ladyhawke Has Asperger's Syndrome
Do yall remember when music journalism/writing papers in 5th grade used to be about writing intros like this:
Walking gawkily into the room, Pip Brown is a mess of crumpled urban-wear and ruffled blonde hair. Held together by a Patti Smith T-shirt, black leather jacket, hooded blue shirt, skinny black jeans and unlaced Doc Martens, Brown - aka Ladyhawke - doesn't exactly look like someone you'd go to for fashion tips. But she's fast becoming a name to drop in the music world, revered as much for her dress sense as for her 80s-referencing, melodic synth-heavy rock.
"It's really funny, that style icon thing," says the 27-year-old New Zealander, now relocated to London. For a start, she says, she doesn't wear women's clothes, like, ever. "I have this thing where I refuse to wear anything made for a female because I don't like conforming to gender stereotypes. It's so predictable to get girly-cut jeans and blouses. I wear men's clothes: jackets, shirts and shoes. It doesn't take away from my femininity."
Ladyhawke at some profile piece from the guardian:
"I have this thing called Asperger's syndrome," she says. - a disorder on the autism spectrum characterised by difficulties with social interaction and idiosyncratic behaviour. "When I found out, it explained my whole childhood. I told my mum and she said, 'That's why you used to sit on the floor doing puzzles for hours!' It was the reason I was so solitary. I'd say completely inappropriate things. The other kids thought I was a weirdo."
She mentions two traits associated with Asperger's: a thirst for knowledge and a love of music. At home, she would sit with her ear glued to the radio, or listen to her parents' Beatles and Pretenders albums. That's when she wasn't being sick: she suffered from a panoply of illnesses and allergies that kept her in and out of hospital.
Yall. When we think of blogIndieRockNRollers/AltCelebs, we usually think of 'untalented rich kids who play MicroKorgs/Serato.' We usually don't know the 'real stories' behind these people. Good 2 finally find 1 out.
Here's a list of other famous people with Asperger's Syndrome. Gifted and Talented people usually have it.
- Woody Allen -wrote a movie about Manhatty
- Isaac Asimov - invented 'science'
- Jane Austen - wrote about anguished tweens from the past
- Samuel Beckett - kinda invented postmodernism/hung out with Jamie Joycey
- Ludwig van Beethoven - paved the way for bloghouse
- Alexander Graham Bell - invented the telephone, txt messaging, and the iPhone
- John Denver - died in a plane crash R.I.P.
- Bob Dylan - paved the way for meaningfulcore music
- Thomas Edison - invented light
- Albert Einstein - was smart but never really 'applied himself'
- Bobby Fischer - was rlly good at Chess, Monopoly, and Puzz3Ds
- Max Fischer - was a gifted and talented kid
- Henry Ford - created Toyota/Ford/Volksvageon
- Bill Gates - Hired Girl Talk to say 'I'm a PC, yall!'
- Al Gore - invented 'Global Warming' as a buzz viral marketing gimmick
- Jim Henson - created 'Fraggle Rock'. Wrote the Sequel to Woody Allen's "Manhattan" about the
- muppets taking over it.
- Alfred Hitchcock - wrote spookie stories for SNICK. (Are Yall Afraid of the Dark?)
- Howard Hughes - a character played by Leo DiCaprio who 'had problems', but still had a beautiful mind
- Thomas Jefferson - Paved the way for interracial relationships
- Carl Jung - Invented words/practices for 'people who can't deal with real life'
- Andy Kaufman - was played by Jim Carrey in the movie "The Truman Show: When Nature Calls (Liar)"
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - paved the way for 'indie' musik
- John Nash - a character played by Russell Crowe in the movie "A Beautiful Mind (Gladiator Vs. Joaquin Phoenix)"
- Isaac Newton - created gravity with 'the large hadron collider'
- Friedrich Nietzsche - was 'sad abt life' and 'had strong opinions' about 'God being dead, yall' for tweens to write on their backpacks during High School
- Keith Olbermann - popular SportsCenter anchor
- Daniel Plainview - Was an oil man.
- Keanu Reeves - starred in Speed II, The Matrices, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, and Parenthood
- Charles Schulz - invented "Snoopy"
- James Taylor - wrote songs for Girl Talk to exclusively mash up
- Royal Tenenbaum - had tummy cancer.
- Henry Thoreau - lived at a pond without internet and blogged about it (on paper)
- Mark Twain - was a member of the 90s AltRock band Tommy Sawyer and the Blowfish (Huck Finn)
- Andy Warhol - doodled 4 a lot of money
Are yall inspired? I remember in the past I have accused alternative celebrities of being 'spoiled' and having 'symptoms of A.D.D.'/needing attention, but I guess I need 2 be more tolerant and try 2 find out more b4 I make judgments about people who are 'in the spotlight.' The article makes it seem like Ladyhawke is 'in the spotlight' because that's what musicians have 2 do, not bc she's entirely comfortable with it.
<3 post-tolerance <3