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Harvey approached to be war song correspondent

Rocker P.J. Harvey has been asked to travel to conflict zones as an official war song correspondent in response to her new album Let England Shake.

The British singer spent two-and-a-half years researching past and current conflict before writing the lyrics to her latest offering, which hits shelves on Monday (14Feb11).

Now officials at the U.K.'s Imperial War Museum want the cult rocker to become the first musician appointed as a war artist, visiting battle areas where the British army is fighting.

Roger Tolson, the museum's head of collections, explains, "We are certainly interested in working with P.J. Harvey. It is something we can take forward as we have never commissioned anybody in that capacity.

"We have other kinds of works of art using sound, like the art of Susan Philipsz, who won the last Turner prize, but we have never sent a musician out to a conflict zone... We want to find fresh pairs of eyes, although in this case it would be a fresh voice."