PJ Harvey


Polly Jean Harvey is an English musician, singer-songwriter, composer and occasional artist. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including piano, organ, bass, saxophone, and most recently, the autoharp. Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini, whose vocalist and saxophone player, John Parish, would become her long-term collaborator.… Read More

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1969 Birth Harvey was born on 9 October 1969 in Bridport, Dorset, as the second child of Ray and Eva Harvey, who owned a stone quarrying business, and grew up on the family's farm in Corscombe. … Read More


1987 17 Years Old Harvey had met Parish in 1987 through mutual friend Jeremy Hogg, the band's slide guitarist. … Read More


In January 1991, Harvey left to form her own band with former bandmates Ellis and Oliver; yet she had formed lasting personal and professional relationships with certain members, especially Parish, whom she has referred to as her "musical soulmate." … Read More
1993 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The recording sessions with Albini took place at Pachyderm Recording Studio and resulted in the band's major label debut Rid of Me in May 1993. … Read More
1994 24 Years Old In early 1994, it was announced that U2's manager, Paul McGuinness, had become her manager.
As Harvey embarked on her solo career, she explored collaborations with other musicians. In 1995 she released her third studio album, To Bring You My Love, featuring former bandmate John Parish, Bad Seeds multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and French drummer Jean-Marc Butty, all of whom would continue to perform and record with Harvey throughout her career. … Read More
1996 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, following the international success of To Bring You My Love and other collaborations, Harvey began composing material that would end up on her fourth studio album, during what she referred to as "an incredibly low patch." … Read More
1997 27 Years Old During recording sessions in 1997 original PJ Harvey Trio drummer Rob Ellis rejoined Harvey's band, and Flood was hired again as producer. The sessions, which continued into April the following year, resulted in Is This Desire? (1998). Though originally released to mixed reviews in September 1998, the album was a success and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Performance. … Read More


2000 - 2004 3 More Events
2006 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Selected recordings from the tour were included on Harvey's first live DVD, On Tour: Please Leave Quietly, directed by Maria Mochnacz and released in 2006.
2007 37 Years Old 1 More Event
White Chalk was released in September 2007 and marked a radical departure from her usual alternative rock style, consisting mainly of piano ballads. … Read More
2009 39 Years Old Following the release of White Chalk, Harvey reunited with Parish to record A Woman a Man Walked By, released in March 2009. … Read More


2010 - 2011 2 More Events
2013 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 2013, Harvey gave her debut public poetry reading at the British Library.
2014 44 Years Old On 2 January 2014 PJ Harvey guest-edited BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Starting on 16 January 2015, PJ Harvey began recording her 9th studio album in front of a live audience. … Read More
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