Reading Material

Kids In The Riot
High and Low with The Libertines
Written by: Peter Welsh
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Omnibus Press (April 15, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN: 184449716X
When Pete Doherty was imprisoned for burgling his best friend and band-mate Carl Barat in August 2003 it seemed the light had gone out on Britain's most exciting new band. Released early and reconciled with Barat, The Libertines confounded the critics by rounding off 2003 with three triumphant sold-out shows at London's Forum, and kicking off 2004 with the prestigious Best UK Band gong at the NME awards. For the first time, the full, extraordinary story of the most gifted yet nihilistic London band since The Sex Pistols is told. With the complete co-operation of the major players in their gloriously destructive ascent. A documentation of the break-ins, break-ups, punch-ups and make-ups of the first two phenomenal years of The Libertines. Illustrated with unseen photographs taken from the authors archive.


London Birth of a Cult
Written by: Hedi Slimane, Peter Doherty
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Steidl (September 2005)
Language: English
ISBN: 3865211690
Over the past year Pete Doherty's life has epitomised the trajectory of a true rock 'n roll legend. Following a fraught departure from The Libertines in June 2004, he has been vilified and cast as a scapegoat for conservative political posturing. A feeding frenzy of press coverage was precipitated by his dating (and apparently planning to marry) Kate Moss, being charged with robbery, blackmail and carrying a knife, spending time in jail and rehab, and admissions that he had been a prostitute and drug dealer. All of this overwhelms the most interesting aspect of the 26 year old musician's life - in a business dominated by manufactured mediocre talents, he is a true original, a charismatic frontman, songwriter and performer. In the vein of Bowie, Dylan and Rimbaud, he is poet of our times whose place in popular culture will be established not through his celebrity but through his music. His new band, Babyshambles, will release a new album in November and will play the Glastonbury Festival. Hedi Slimane has for two years collaborated with Doherty on his stage costumes and in that time has built up an extensive photographic archive of the musician.


Pete Doherty: On the Edge
The True Story of a Troubled Genius
Written by: Nathan Yates, Pete Samson
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Blake Publishing (September 30, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN: 1844541762
The book starts off when Pete's a kid, describes how he got into music through writing poems and listening to The Smiths then formed The Libertines when he met Carl Barat, and it ends up to date with Babyshambles and Kate Moss. Along the way are some pretty cool accounts of getting signed, tours, fights, rehab, guerrilla gigs, jail.. It describes Pete from a distance but also has plenty of his own words and a personal account of a typically crazy night out with him.


Pete Doherty: From "Libertines" to Shambles
The Shambolic Libertine
Written by: Seamus Craic
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Artnik (October 18, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN: 1903906741
THE book on Pete Doherty. The book's subtitle is 'the shambolic libertine', but Pete Doherty is also a phenom whom the author cracks right open. Seamus Craic doesn't so much 'follow the money' as follow the drugs - he knows the dealers as well as he knows the music and the scene. He also writes brilliantly, which is complemented by a fabulous book design and copious unpublished photographs. Pete Doherty is a 128 page colour book to mainline on, and the fix comes with such elegance and wit that there is no comedown. Craic jacks up the reader on Pete's genuine talent just as it teeters on the brink of self-obliteration. There are no stories about the courtship of Pete's parents, no interviews with former school friends, no 'filler' lifted from record labels press releases or websites, just the real deal.


Pete Doherty: Last of the Rock Romantics
Written by: Alex Hannaford
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Ebury Press (February 23, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 0091910781
Pete Doherty, erstwhile singer with The Libertines, is a British icon. Whether he is playing impromptu gigs in his front room or performing at Live 8, he possesses a sense of drama and expectation not seen in a musician since Sid Vicious. He is enigmatic, charismatic and thoroughly entertaining. Since leaving The Libertines last year, his life has become something of a rock 'n' roll soap opera where rumours of crack addiction abound, gossip about his relationship with Kate Moss is rife, and predictions for his future vary wildly. Until now, the truth of his fascinating life has not been told. Written by Alex Hannaford, former rock and pop editor on the "London Evening Standard", this will be the definitive biography of Pete Doherty.


Pete Doherty: My Prodigal Son
The Extraordinary Story of a Mother's Love
Written by: Jacqueline Doherty
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing Ltd (August 31, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 0755316088
For over three years Jacqueline Doherty has been watching her rock star son's messy descent into drug addiction. Every step of the way has been charted by a hungry media. And every step of the way has been agony for a loving mum. Pete Doherty's celebrity means that his addiction has become public property. But Jacqueline is a private person and her painful story is the story of any mum - or any parent - trying to help a child who has gone off the rails. This is the compelling story of Pete's childhood, his burgeoning talent, his success as a musician, and his drug addiction set against the backdrop of his loving relationship with his mother and his family. It is a moving memoir of how a happy, middle-class family has attempted to cope with a family member opting to love drugs more than he loves them, or himself. It is a memoir that will offer hope to other mothers and families in a similar situation.

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