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A Likely Lad

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It is a interesting read but you really wanted more in his later years when his off the drugs and with the hotel and how he wasn't paid for gigs so he could be the 6th owner.

He surrounds himself with amoral, skanky people who he seems to be aware are taking advantage -see "Wolfman" who even Mick Jones of The Clash, (who must've seen some serious skanks in his career) views as unsavoury.Doherty speaks about the drug scene in which he sought refuge from the paparazzi and police, stealing phones to “prove myself” to a dealer or hiding out at a super-fan’s flat. Drugs have mostly either killed the career, the person, both, or were overcome after a few tough years. Loved reading this as Pete is a fascinating bloke and it was good to read some of the stories he has and how he started e.

For fans, it’s certainly worth a read, particularly for anecdotes about the making of his albums, his memories of concerts (many of which can be found online) and how particular songs were written.His lack of reflection then is perhaps understandable given that he likely doesn’t remember a whole lot of what happened. He's finally happy with the direction his music is now going, and after reading this book I truly couldn't be happier for the guy. For a chap who spent the majority of his adult life zombified on Class A drugs, its understandable that Doherty's memories are hazy and discombobulated, but more tellingly it gives an insight into his priorities. He approached stints in rehab as an obligation he did for other people (the justice system, bandmates and so on) and regarded himself as a fully functioning addict.

Four years later, film-maker Robin Whitehead died of a suspected heroin overdose in the flat where she had been filming Doherty and Wolfman. But that was before he found his drug use move from recreational dabbling, to crippling dependency and an addiction that took many attempts at recovery before finally getting clean. Doherty has since joked that the publishers have “taken all the good bits out” – after the lawyers of ex-girlfriend Kate Moss and former Libertines co-frontman Carl Barât had a good look at it. You may think you have heard them all (and plenty more fabricated ones too), but the indie rock star is set to lift the lid on his decade-spanning career with the release of a memoir. Maybe it opens doors to an elevated level of consciousness, and once those doors are open, they're hard to shut.OK so it doesn’t go into huge detail about many of his exploits but I quite liked the fact it just gave a full on run through of his life without all the normal neediness or self importance you get from autobiographies. I enjoyed the book nonetheless, and it nips along at a pace, albeit with a superficiality and fundamental lack of substance. But just as he approaches a moment of insight, or self-reflection, he veers away again, choosing instead to focus on an irrelevant detail. Having your home raised by the police is even kinda fun at first until it starts to all come on top. I wanted her to prove her love, so I said, You’ve got to get a tattoo with my initials on, you’ve got to get branded – it was more more of an insecurity thing on my part.

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. Richards also took into seriously his responsibility somehow to those who are dead and were influenced by his use of drugs. Literature was a big thing for Doherty: Orwell, Wilde, Baudelaire, Thompson, Rimbaud, Bukowski, Cocteau, Genet, Doestetevsky, Pushkin, Bolaño. and an addict) and loved gaining a deeper insight into his genius/sources of inspiration, and learning the real timeline of events of his life.

I am actually genuinely interested in what life is like as a sober person after so many years as an addict. I think that the Libertines is much more important group than Oasis but it is totally subjective as a perception. Towards the end of the book, Pete seems to open up more and takes on a much more optimistic tone with the musician finally seeming to grapple his life, meet a woman he loves, and commit himself to sobriety (sort of).

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