Polly Jean Harvey, 9 October 1969, Yeovil, Somerset, England. Harvey was the daughter of hippie parents who exposed her to art rock artists such as Captain Beefheart and folk singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan at an early age. After growing up on their farm in Dorset and playing saxophone with an eight-piece instrumental group, she wrote her first songs as part of the Polekats, a folk trio who toured local pubs, in which she was only just old enough to drink. Afterwards, she attended an art foundation course before joining Somerset-based band Automatic Dlamini for two and a half years (from whom would come several future collaborators). Over this period she contributed saxophone, guitar and vocals, and toured Europe twice, also appearing on the chorus of local band Grapes Baby In A Plastic Bag single, and singing backing vocals on Bristol-based Family Cats Colour Me Grey.
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