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PJ Harvey

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last night Mark and I went to see PJ Harvey at Colston Hall. Sometimes you need to go and see someone perform who is confident in their creativity. It reminds you how confining culture might be if we all saw things in the same way. PJ Harvey has this ability to shift into the character of her songs and become the subject as well as the object. Being alone on stage she is so small and last night she wore a Chekhovian black dress – as if she was ‘in mourning for her life’ (see Chekhov – The Seagull). She was able to effortlessly shift from Polly to PJ – she generously gave us insight into her humour between songs then, after being lulled into a false sense of security, plunged us into the depths of PJ’s inner world. Bonkers and beautiful, exhilarating and painful.

This is Mansized (an old song)

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Written by ellenloudon

September 25, 2007 at 9:14 am

Posted in music

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