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Pete Doherty: On the Edge
Pete Doherty: On the Edge
by Nathan Yates
Edition: Hardcover

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best biog on Pete Doherty, 1 Nov. 2005
I'm a big fan of Pete Doherty, the Libertines and Babyshambles and I was expecting to be disappointed with this book, but I wasnt. I expected it to be like the tabloids, sensationalizing Pete's drug use and ignoring his talents, but it's not like that. It doesn't treat the reader like he/she's stupid and it doesnt shy away from talking about deeper things like Pete's infleunces in music and poetry and what Pete really thinks. 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. The authors don't make out they're part of "the in crowd" but they obviously know him well, they just don't need to spell it out.
It 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...
I've only met Pete a couple of times but after reading this book you really feel like you know him and his music. Highly recommended.

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