Polly Jean Harvey has won worldwide recognition of her raw, bluesy music while remaining one of rock's most enigmatic and private figures. Starting out as PJ Harvey, the first female artist to win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, she has spent more than a decade creating a series of scorching albums and collaborating with musicians including Nick Cave, Radiohead, Tricky, Marianne Faithfull and Queens of the Stone Age. This groundbreaking biography traces Harvey's personal and artistic development from her childhood in a small Dorset village, through her recordings with Too Pure and Island, right up to 2004's "Uh Huh Her" album and her consequent artistic malaise. Featuring both new and archive material with Harvey herself as well as those closest to her, this book is a real revelation for her fans all around the world. Features a full discography including bootlegs and rarities.
James Blandford is a music journalist who has contributed major features to Record Collector, Attitude, Mojo Collections and dotmusic.