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  • PJ Harvey Criticized By Washington D.C. Politicians Over New Song "Community Of Hope"

    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:59:29

    PJ Harvey Criticized By Washington D.C. Politicians Over New Song "Community Of Hope" -

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    Last week, PJ Harvey released "Community of Hope" from her upcoming LP The Hope Six Demolition Project. The song was inspired by Washington D.C.'s Ward 7, and Harvey doesn't paint the neighborhood well saying, "Now this is just drug town, just zombies / But that's just life." DCist got together a group of Washington D.C. politicians to see what they thought about the song, and the majority were not very pleased:

    ""I will not dignify this inane composition with a response," says former Mayor Vince Gray, who is running for his old council seat. His campaign treasurer Chuck Thies, meanwhile, says, "PJ Harvey is to music what Piers Morgan is to cable news."

    Grant Thompson, a pastor and former Congressional staffer running for the Ward 7 council seat, thinks that Harvey "needs to see more of the city." One thing he appreciates her pointing out, though, is the dearth of sit-down restaurants in the ward. "One of the promises I'm making is that we're going to bring more restaurants to Ward 7. We're the last frontier in terms of development. We have one grocery store in the entire ward. I attribute that to poor leadership.""

    Meanwhile, a D.C. nonprofit also known as The City of Hope released a letter to Harvey, criticizing her for her shallow look at the city. The Hope Six Demolition Project is due out April 15th via Island Records.

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
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