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P.J. Harvey

(1969-), Singer and songwriter

Polly Jean ('P.J.') Harvey

Sitter in 4 portraits
Polly Jean Harvey's self-named trio debuted with the singles Dress (1991) and Sheela-Na-Gig (1992). Success followed with the debut album Dry (1992). After the Steve Albini-produced Rid of Me (1993) Harvey went solo and released 4-Track Demos (1993), To Bring You My Love (1995) and Is This Desire (1998). She dueted with Nick Cave (1996), Tricky (1997) and, in 2000, Thom Yorke on the album Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.

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P.J. Harvey, by Mario Sorrenti - NPG P1275

P.J. Harvey

by Mario Sorrenti
digital colour print, 1995
NPG P1275

P.J. Harvey, by Ian Dickson - NPG x125367

P.J. Harvey

by Ian Dickson
colour archival art inkjet print, 11 May 1995
NPG x125367

P.J. Harvey, by Mary McCartney - NPG x127390

P.J. Harvey

by Mary McCartney
bromide fibre print, April 2004
NPG x127390

P.J. Harvey, by Miles Aldridge - NPG x200099

P.J. Harvey

by Miles Aldridge
chromogenic print, 2011
NPG x200099



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J. Ripp

27 October 2015, 10:49

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea won the 2001 Mercury Prize, and Harvey won the Prize again in 2011 for Let England Shake (2010). This makes her the only artist to have won the Mercury Prize twice. In 2013, Harvey was made MBE in the Birthday Honours list.

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