Filter magazine takes a look at the star's split personality...
PJ HARVEY reveals the two sides of her split personality in the current issue of US magazine FILTER.
An exclusive interview is tagged with a split edition cover. The first, an eerie black and white shot, profiles the ‘imaginary’ creation PJ Harvey, while the prettier colour cover features the woman within the real Polly Jean Harvey.
In the interview, Harvey talks about her approach to songwriting and her views on the myth of the tortured rock and roll star.
She says: “I firmly disbelieve that one has to be a tortured soul to write good music. I don’t buy into that myth at all, the same way I don’t buy into the myth that to be a great rock and roller you have to be fucked up on drugs or alcohol. It’s just a complete myth and I don’t buy it.”
Harvey adds: “In the same way, I write some of my more difficult pieces when I’m at very happy stages in my life. Obviously, the emotions I want to convey through music are streamed through the way I interpret life. I can’t get away from that. But the stories are not my everyday life stories, though they are the way that I would choose to tell a story. You know, two people can say exactly the same words, saying the same story, and it would mean something entirely different. It’s the way they told it. The way I make music is unique to myself and the way I have lived my life—no one else would tell that story in the same way that I do.”
Meanwhile, the veteran singer-songwriter showed off both sides at Oxford Zodiac last week (May 27) at a show in support of her new album ‘Uh Huh Her’.
Rumour had been that Harvey would be joined onstage by Thom Yorke, which unfortunately turned out to be false.
The setlist was:
‘Uh Huh Her’
‘Meet Ze Monsta’
‘Who The Fuck’
‘Plants and Rags’
‘Down By The Water’
‘Cat On The Wall’
‘The Whores Hustle and The Hustlers Whore’
‘You Come Through’
‘A Perfect Day Elise’
‘The Life and Death of Mr Badmouth’
‘There Will Be A Better Time’
‘To Bring You My Love’