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Pete Doherty: On the Edge Paperback – 15 Sep 2006
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About the Author
Nathan Yates is a writer and journalist who has worked for national newspapers for the past ten years. He has written on a range of subject from crime and politics to literature and music. He is currently on the staff of the Daily Mirror. Pete Samson is a writer and journalist, currently on the Daily Mirror, who specialises in music and the world of showbusiness. A committed Libertines fan, he has covered every twist of Pete Doherty's career and has spent many hours bringing the singer/songwriter to the attention of mainstream newspaper readers.
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There are plenty of direct quotes in here from Pete himself, and his former girlfriends, which help to illustrate the many brilliant stories about him, and ultimately paint a good portrait of a guy who was never afraid to give the people something to talk about. Such recollections also include a personal memory from the authors, who actually spent a typically crazy night out with him. As well as is career, the book also contains lots of brilliant background information about the songs from his solo career, The Libertines, and later, Babyshambles. I feel like I know so much more about Pete Doherty after reading this excellent biography, and praise should definitely fall on Nathan Yates and Pete Samson for the research that clearly went into the making of such a very easy-to-follow book.
This is a story of a great guy, who indeed has lived his colourful like 'On the Edge'. Never should Mr. Doherty's vices overshadow his immense talents as a singer, master songwriter, and musician. The man has talent in abundance, and was fundamental in creating the new indie-rock music sound, something which I think we should always be most grateful for. The book is illustrated with eight pages of colour photographs.
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.
This book gives a background to Pete Doherty's earlier life and the rise, and subsequent fall, of the Libertines and the dynamics behind the band and the carnage. The well publicised relationship with Carl Barat was looked into further detail in this book and many eye opening accounts of the lifestyle the band lived all made this quite a humorous, yet shocking account.
For anyone interested in the Libertines, Doherty or just the dynamics of a hugely influential band then this is a must read.
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