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A Likely Lad

A Likely Lad

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With his trademark wit and humour, Doherty also details his childhood years, key influences, pre-fame London shenanigans, and reflects on his era-defining relationship with Libertines co-founder Carl Barât and other significant people in his life. Peter Doherty had, for a period in the mid 00s, the kind of fame that made him recognisable even in silhouette. But hearing Pete speak now with a calm persona, a rational outlook, and no longer that wandering maelstrom of chaos, it sounds like he's finally figured out who he is and what he wants to be.

His second spell in Pentonville saw him “[get] these pills pushed under the door of my cell, and I overdosed on whatever they were. Don't get me wrong, Doherty has definitely been the architect of his own misfortune, but he's also been hounded out of multiple places, just because his "bad-boy" behaviour marked him out as fair game. This talented artist (or Simon Spence) had forgotten something namely to say a few words about the dangers of drug use especially hard drugs that Pete used to get. Fun is always enticing and being a bit naughty has a certain allure when you're younger and wanting to experience everything life has to offer. In the main he offers a fairly unvarnished recounting of his life, and if some of the exploits are carnivalesque, his narration, at least, is free from self-pity.But just as he approaches a moment of insight, or self-reflection, he veers away again, choosing instead to focus on an irrelevant detail.

Trading Address (Warehouse) Unit E, Vulcan Business Complex, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EB. Richards also took into seriously his responsibility somehow to those who are dead and were influenced by his use of drugs. In 2007 a book of his “collected writings” was published (containing reproductions of his handwritten lyrics, alongside other scrawled fragments). And there are notable omissions: his son (born in 2003), daughter (born in 2011) and wife are barely mentioned.At times Doherty's wit and humour shines through, and some anecdotes of his past debauchery are hilarious. And I think with Doherty, it really was - on some level - a conscious choice to choose that path, court oblivion and invite the devil into his life. If this isn’t quite a comeback story, it does end on a hopeful note, with Doherty – a musician again rather than a caricature – optimistic about what’s to come, intent on repairing various relationships once pushed to breaking point. With astonishing frankness - and his trademark wit and humour - he takes us inside decadent parties, substance-fuelled nights, prison and his self-destruction.

Despite the admission that “it was tricky, really, thinking about how you get a band to function at the same time as being in active addiction”, the defiant revelation that the singer believed himself to be “in a raging war against the industry to prove… I could get music out there and make a living from it and not have to play by their rules of having to go to rehab” implies that his deranged dependency was not so much an illness as an ideology. In a book as reliably haphazard as this, it is perhaps fitting that the question of why the reader should care about any of this stuff is only addressed in a footnote, in which the producer Stephen Street opines that Peter Doherty “is up there with Morrissey as one of the greatest poets I’ve ever worked with.Peter's music is as eclectic as it is introspective, and is consistently thought of one of the leading lights on the British rock scene. It was great to be able to hear his take on those situations and how he got out of them by the skin of his teeth! The musician Pete Doherty has often been described as a “poet” – by fans, breathless NME journalists and, of course, himself. In an incident that saw him imprisoned for burglary, he “started shouting and then booted the door in” of a flat in which he mistakenly believed band mate Carl Barat was hiding.

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