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PJ Harvey Readies First Live DVD

Enigmatic performer finally gives window into her stage act

March 23, 2006 2:20 PM ET

Known for her raucous and theatrical live shows, the ever-elusive PJ Harvey will finally release her first-ever live DVD, PJ Harvey on Tour -- Please Leave Quietly, on May 23rd.

The collection, directed by Harvey's longtime video director Maria Mochnacz, features footage from the notoriously guarded rocker's U.S. and European tours in support of 2004's Uh Huh Her. In addition, Please Leave Quietly offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the construction of the live shows -- from stage sets to sound checks -- as well as the previously unreleased tracks "Evol" and "Uh Huh Her."

"I like saying 'Uh Huh Her,' because you get my Dorset accent coming out," Harvey told Rolling Stone with a laugh, shortly before kicking off her 2004 jaunt. "There's a song called 'Uh Huh Her' that I play live but I chose never to record. The chorus is: 'Don't marry uh huh her/Don't marry her her her.'"

Harvey also offers up a twenty-eight-minute interview in which she discusses the musician's trinity of writing, recording and performing -- a rare treat for a typically tight-lipped artist.

"I'm not -- by any stretch of the imagination -- a sought-after celebrity," she told Rolling Stone. "But still, even the amount of attention that I receive I would much rather not have."

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