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The Libertines Bound Together: The Story of Peter Doherty and Carl Barat and how they changed British Music [Hardcover]

Anthony Thornton , Roger Sargent
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23 Feb 2006

In the short time they existed, The Libertines accomplished the impossible: they kick-started the new British music renaissance. They erased the barrier with fans, they inspired thousands, they gave away entire albums of material free on the internet. Yet on the whole the media failed to grasp what the band really stood for, preferring live-fast-die-young-cliches and headlines screaming for Kate Moss to abandon 'Junkie Pete' Doherty.

Award-winning journalist Anthony Thornton and celebrated photographer Roger Sargent witnessed the whole messy story of The Libertines, and have remained on good terms with the two battling creative geniuses of Pete Doherty and Carl Barat. THE LIBERTINES: BOUND TOGETHER documents their extraordinary highs and lows, and the fallout from the breakup. Anthony Thornton is the only journalist to have interviewed the band at every critical stage, and witnessed every major gig. Roger Sargent was their photographer of choice; responsible for the iconic second album photograph and artwork.

This is the definitive representation of the band in words and pictures - a unique, beautifully produced record of the most important British band of this generation.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First Edition edition (23 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316732346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316732345
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 17.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dedicated and visionary, Roger Sargent was the perfect mirror, truthful without doubt, perceptive without ego... bedside manner of a minotaur! (Carl Barât)

Anthony Thornton is a better writer than Lester Bangs (Peter Doherty)

Emotion, insight and sheer beatific quality ... [Sargent's photos] stand as a fine testament ... Thornton's [text] is equally enrapturing (MOJO)

An intelligent and pacy exploration of a musical phenomenon (INDEPENDENT)

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The definitive story of The Libertines, from the writer and photographer who know them best.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth 16 April 2006
Format:Hardcover
Very well written and really the only book you'll ever need about one of Britain's finest, if most short lived bands. The author of course was there for a great deal of the band's lifetime so is well seated to give an accurate portrayal of just what The Libertines were about. And what their music still and always will be about. Roger Sargent's photos complement all of this nicely and add to what is, as well as an informative read (even for the biggest of fans) is also something of a nostalgic experience. As Peter, Carl, John and Gary are all of course still continuing with their various musical endeavours it is a story that is far from over. However "Bound Together" acts as a timely reminder, or at least a kick up the bottom to the wider world, of the importance and brilliance of The Libertines.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've lost your faith in love and music ... 14 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover
.. read this! Beautifully presented and brilliantly told, this is the story of Peter and Carl and their ill-fated voyage to Arcadia. Anthony Thornton has gathered together all the eye witnesses - including himself and Roger Sargeant who travelled with the band from the start - and has written with compassion and impartiality.

It's the kind of wild rock 'n' roll morality tale that's been missing from British music since the anodyne invasion of boy bands and pop idol. Lavishly illustrated with Sargeant's gorgeous pictures, it reveals those Libertines boys in all their squalid beauty.

It's not a cut and paste celebrity biography - this one will stand the test of time. It's a modern classic and an esential item on any music fan's bookshelf. Put it next to 'Revolution in the Head'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 21 Sep 2011
By mward
Format:Hardcover
Couldn't ask more! Lovely hardback and really well written. Brilliant information on Peter and Carl before they got the record contract and not to forget the pictures!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, informative and interesting. 14 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
This was a fabulous book written by someone with genuine knowledge and affection for the group and all involved with them. The information is given in a very readable format without the salacious gossip usually attached to the group, it obviously mentions issues such as drug misuse but without the screaming condemnation of the tabloids and matters of a personal nature such as love interests do not dominate the telling of the story of this amazing band. Loved every page of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All over in a Flash 8 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover
A really enjoyable read : Truly great band. My only feeling of a let-down was with the total lack of ANY captions accompanying the photographs. Which are plentiful ; sharp and fun. But there's no information about any of the images:- The Libertines only lasted a few skinny years ;more time has elapsed now since their demise than when they were together as a unit. In time the picture of : what / how / when ; etc will blur. Maybe a future edition could look at rectifying this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Insight 25 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover
This amazing book presents a previously unseen view of The Libertines from the 'inside', from the 'tines themselves and those who were there throughout their short 'life'. With superb photographs and detailed written accounts, this book is a must-have for any true Libertines fan
The Albion sails on...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Climb Aboard The Good Ship Albion... 31 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
...and begin the long journey to Arcadia by reading this enchanting and beautiful book about the best band of my generation.

The Libertines are the most inspiring band I have ever come across, and reading this book has only caused me to fall deeper in love with them.

Their songs are incredible and innovative, their relationships are heart-rending yet undoubtably loyal , and this book serves them well.

Written by music journalist Anthony Thornton and photographed by the unquestionably gifted Roger Sargent, the book details the turbulent relationship between Pete and Carl from the first time they met, and delves into the devastation that drugs brought to their unbreakable bond also exploring the highs that this incredible band reached.

Written by a man who himself witnessed many of the significant events that took place over the years, this book is probably the best representation of The Libertines we will ever get.

The photography is stunning and the saying, 'a picture paints a thousand words' has never been more true.

All in all, I give this book full marks, a must for any libertine or someone who simply wishes to be inspired.

The Albion sails on strong
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Men Who Would Have Been Kings 18 Mar 2006
Format:Hardcover
This book gives an insight into the relationship between the different individuals in The Libertines in an original and poignnat way. The bit at the end about their reconciliation is my favourite part. And in my opinion as The Libertines are the most important band ever I HAD to get this book. And it didn't disapoint. Gary Powell(Drums) and John Hassell(Bass) also contribute and it doesn't have the feel of The Carl and Pete show unlike some other Libertines literature. BUY IT.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it is okay....
sounds reasonable...the price and the quality of the book...the cover is a bit bashed...there is some tape around the spine...but others are fine...the inside pages are perfect ;)
Published 6 months ago by shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Libertines Bound Together
I love the libertines! "The Libertines Bound Together: The Story of Peter Doherty and Carl Barat..." is great book, magic photo. Thank you.
Published 9 months ago by Andrey Krapivin
5.0 out of 5 stars treasure
this book is not very big, so don't expect A3 format pages, but it's thick and full of amazing photos; those taken by legendary NME photographer Roger Sargeant (God bless him)... Read more
Published 11 months ago by ligeia
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to!
Great read from start to finish. A must buy for any Libertines fan..
Came quickly and In perfect condition. Thanks..
Published 12 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars I have falen in love with this book
I have fallen in love with this book, just amazing. The pictures are divine.
It's the bible for any libertine/doherty/barat fan.
BUY IT definately uber recommended.
Published on 22 April 2008 by Jessica Rainaldi
2.0 out of 5 stars N.M.E is not for me!!!
When I bought this book I had high hopes...after all, a book about the best band of my generation is definitely worth a read. 'The definitive story' seemed very attractive. Read more
Published on 13 April 2007 by james williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful to look at...
For a good account of the Libertines that "Kids in the Riot" by Pete Welsh is probably better (IMHO) as it seems to have more interviews with the main protaganists and also the... Read more
Published on 24 April 2006 by Zigor Aranalde
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