Lessons We Can Learn From PJ Harvey

For 25 years, Polly Jean Harvey has carved a unique, sinuous path in pop culture. As an artist, she keeps surprising her fans, less reinventing herself with every record than constantly pushing at her many talents. From the grungy waif of her band's blistering debut album Dry to the glossy metropolitan creator of Mercury Prize-winning Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, and on to her current incarnation as poet-observer of the dispossessed, Harvey is in a pop cultural league all of her own, and is possibly Bridport, Dorset's most famous export. This summer, in addition to touring the festival circuit following the release of her critically lauded ninth album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, she is also exhibiting The Hollow of the Hand, her lyrical project with photographer Seamus Murphy based on their travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC, as part of the Rencontres photo festival in Arles. (Harvey's poems and Murphy's photographs were collected in a book of the same name, published by Bloomsbury last year). Coming up: a European and UK tour, as well as an original composition for a production of Franz Xaver Kroetz's play The Nest, premiering in October. Here we try to extract some lessons from her life and work. via AnotherMag