PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

Born in 1969 in Yeovil, Somerset, PJ Harvey’s whole life has been devoted to music. Growing up on a farm in the nearby town of Corscombe, Harvey’s parents regularly hosted travelling musicians, who would teach the young Polly Jean in return for their board.

After studying at Yeovil Art College, Harvey released her first album, Dry in 1992 and immediately started to turn heads. Her raw style of rock and her direct lyrical style made her one of the most talked-about female artists in Britain. ANd that was before she appeared topless on the cover of NME.

Harvey built on the success of Dry in 1993 with Rid of Me and 4-Track Demos, before leaving longtime collaborators and bandmates Rob Ellis and Steve Vaughan to work on material as a solo artist. The result was 1995 album To Bring You My Love, which, to this day, is possibly her strongest album, with more textured and eclectic sounds accompanying her trademark vocal style.

1998 album Is This Desire? was a downbeat and experimental effort resting on a more sparse and minimalist backing but it was on 2000’s Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea that Harvey equalled the efforts of To Bring You My Love. Compared to the raw, edgy style of her early records, Stories… was a collection of beautifully arranged pop tracks that spanned the distance between Harvey’s two homes – the English countryside and urban New York.

After returning to a more stripped-back formula for 2004 album Uh Huh Her, Harvey set off on her biggest tour to date, with a new band featuring former Nick Cave collaborator Mick Harvey, along with Josh Klinghoffer (guitar, drums) and Dingo (bass). At the end of 2004, Harvey fuelled speculation of her retirement, announcing at a Paris gig that this was the last show they would play together. The songstress has since began work on a new record and has shows scheduled in Spain later this year.


My best/worst interview: PJ Harvey11

My best/worst interview: PJ Harvey

By Sarah Smith 16th Jul, 2013

PJ Harvey gets an MBE, Mumford and Sons are replaced1

PJ Harvey gets an MBE, Mumford and Sons are replaced

By Jody Macgregor 16th Jun, 2013

PJ Harvey has been recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours list, Mumford and Sons have had to cancel more shows including their headlining spot at Bonnaroo, and the copyright of the song you hear at every birthday party is in doubt.

International news roundup: PJ Harvey almost played with Nirvana1

International news roundup: PJ Harvey almost played with Nirvana

By Jody Macgregor 24th Mar, 2013

PJ Harvey asked to play with Nirvana, new albums from Daft Punk and Queens of the Stone Age -- all this, and more, in our weekend roundup of international music news.

PJ Harvey fans react to ‘sexist’ review265

PJ Harvey fans react to ‘sexist’ review

By Sarah Smith 18th Jan, 2012

PJ Harvey fans have vocalised their distaste for a live review published by 720 ABC Perth, labelling the article “sexist” and “patronizing.”

PJ Harvey @ The Regent Theatre (15/01/12)86

PJ Harvey @ The Regent Theatre (15/01/12)

By Aidan Stewart 16th Jan, 2012

At the Regent, PJ Harvey offered dour reflections on war in a sombre theatre setting.

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Sydney Festival 2012 program

By Sarah Smith 2nd Nov, 2011

PJ, Mike and Beth lead one of the finest Sydney Festival programs to date.

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PJ Harvey tour

By Tom Mann 5th Oct, 2011

Two time Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey will return to Australia in January for shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart.

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MONA FOMA 2012 lineup

By Tom Mann 5th Oct, 2011

PJ Harvey, Dresden Dolls, Amiina and more head to Hobart for MONA FOMA 2012.

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PJ Harvey wins the 2011 Mercury Award

By Tom Mann 6th Sep, 2011

PJ Harvey has won the Mercury Music Prize, becoming the first artist to win the coveted award twice.

PJ Harvey and Adele lead the 2011 Mercury Music Prize shortlist256

PJ Harvey and Adele lead the 2011 Mercury Music Prize shortlist

By Tom Mann 19th Jul, 2011

The 2011 Mercury Music Prize shortlist has been announced and the bookies have immediately installed PJ Harvey and Adele as the favourites.

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PJ Harvey

By Sarah Smith 21st Apr, 2011

The ever-changing but always engaging Polly Jean Harvey talks to FasterLouder about her stunning new album 'Let England Shake.'

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Tales from the Big Day Out (part two)

By 21st Jan, 2008

If Big Day Out has proved anything it was that diversity is the key to a successful festival, something that the organisers seem to bear in mind with each passing year.

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m00d1nd1go m00d1nd1go said on Mon 22nd Jul, 2013
"i really enjoyed this great piece, incredibly engaging!"
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BennyBoop BennyBoop said on Sun 16th Jun, 2013
"Marry me Polly ;) xxxx"
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berlinchair101 berlinchair101 said on Mon 23rd Jan, 2012
"Anyone see the ABC's review of the Sydney show? ..."
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andy_chalmers_102 andy_chalmers_102 said on Wed 18th Jan, 2012
"Just nabbed myself a standing ticket for Thursday night t..."
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daveyac8881 daveyac8881 said on Tue 17th Jan, 2012
"Totally regret not going but didn't realise it was last n..."
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