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Pete Doherty in 2008. Photo by Brocco Lee. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Pete Doherty
Background information
Born March 12 1979 (1979-03-12) (age 41)
Hexham, Northumberland, England
Origin London, England
Genres Indie rock, post-punk revival, garage rock revival
Occupations musician, songwriter, writer
Instruments vocals, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, melodica, piano, organ
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts The Libertines, Babyshambles

Peter Doherty (born 12 March 1979) is an English poet, songwriter, musician, actor, and visual artist.



Doherty is best known musically for being co-frontman of The Libertines, which he reformed with Carl Barât in 2010. His other musical project is indie band Babyshambles. In 2005, Doherty became prominent in tabloids, the news media, and pop culture blogs because of his romantic relationship with model Kate Moss and his frequently-publicised drug addictions.

Youth and educationEdit

Doherty was born in Hexham, Northumberland, England, the son of Jacqueline (Michels), who is of paternal Jewish Russian descent, and Peter John Doherty, who is of Irish descent.[1][2][3] He had a Catholic upbringing[4] and grew up at a number of army garrisons, due to his father's work as an officer in the British Army, living at various times at garrisons in Catterick, Belfast, Wildenrath Barracks in the north west of Germany (right behind Peter Slater's house in Krefeld), Bedworth, Dorset and Larnaca, along with his mother, a nurse, and two sisters, Amy Jo and Emily.[2] Doherty was the middle chile of 3.[2]

While living in Dorset at the age of 11, Pete was inspired to play gutair. He started playing in order to impress classmate Emily Baker whom he fancied. [5] [6] 18 years later they were reunited when the now Brighton-based singer/songwriter won his support slot.

He achieved 11 GCSEs,[7] of which 7 were A* grades,[8] at Nicholas Chamberlaine Comprehensive School in Bedworth, and 4 passes at A Level, 2 at grade A.[9]

At the age of 16, he won a poetry competition and embarked on a tour of Russia organized by the British Council.[10]

After his A-levels, he moved to his grandmother's flat in London – where he said he felt 'destined' to be — and got a job filling graves in Willesden Cemetery, although most of his time was spent reading and writing while sitting on gravestones.[11] In a clip later made famous by YouTube, an 18-year old Doherty can be seen in an interview with MTV, on the day of the release of Oasis' Be Here Now album.[12]

He attended Queen Mary College, part of the University of London, to study English literature, but left the course after his freshman year.[11]

The LibertinesEdit

After leaving university, Doherty moved into a London flat with friend and fellow musician Carl Barât, who had been a classmate of Doherty's older sister at Brunel University. Doherty and Barât formed a band called The Libertines in the late 1990s, although it was not until 2002, with the release of their debut album Up the Bracket, that they began to achieve widespread mainstream success.

The group achieved critical and commercial success and gained a dedicated cult following, with Doherty in particular being praised by fans and critics alike as one of the most promising songwriters to emerge on the British music scene for some time. However, Doherty's increasing drug problems led to his estrangement from the band. In 2003, he was jailed for burgling Barât's flat.[13][14]

The pair initially fell out over this incident, but made amends whilst Doherty was in prison. He was originally sentenced to 6 months, but his sentence was cut to 2 months. Upon his release, Doherty immediately reunited with Barât and the rest of the band to play a gig in the Tap 'n' Tin pub in Chatham, Kent.[15]

Following his rejoining of the band, Doherty sought treatment for his drug addiction. He attended the alternative detox centre Wat Tham Krabok, a temple in Thailand, famous for its rehabilitation program for crack and heroin users. He left after three days and returned to England.[16][17] As a consequence of this, The Libertines cancelled appearances that they were due to make at the Isle of Wight and Glastonbury festivals.[18]

However, while post-production work was taking place on the 2nd Libertines album in June 2004, Doherty was again asked to leave the band. The band cited Doherty's continuing drug addiction as the reason for his dismissal, but emphasised their willingness to take him back once he had addressed his addiction. Although Barât had previously stated that the Libertines were merely on hiatus, pending Doherty's recovery, the group effectively disbanded with Doherty's departure at the end of 2004.[19] The remaining members became involved in other projects (see Yeti and Dirty Pretty Things).

On 12 April 2007, Pete Doherty and Carl Barât played 13 songs together at the 2nd of Doherty's "An Evening with Pete Doherty" gigs at the Hackney Empire, London.[20]

In 2010 The Libertines reformed for appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. They performed on 27 August at Leeds Festival and on 28 August at Reading Festival.[21][22] The festival appearances were preluded by two gigs at the HMV Forum on 24 and 25 August.[23]


Prior to the disbanding of The Libertines, Doherty collaborated with local poet Wolfman. Together they recorded the single "For Lovers", which entered the top 10, charting at #7,[24] in April 2004. Despite the success of the single, which was nominated for a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for songwriting,[25] Doherty and Wolfman received relatively little money, having already sold the publishing rights for a small sum in a pub.[26]

Later in 2004, Doherty provided guest vocals to the song "Down to the Underground" by British group Client. The song was released in June 2004 as a B-side to the group's single "In It for the Money"[27] and appears on their 2nd album City.

In 2005 Doherty collaborated with the British rock band Littl'ans on the single "Their Way".[28]

In 2006, Doherty was featured on the charity single "Janie Jones", which was released to raise funds for Strummerville. A number of artists and bands, such as Dirty Pretty Things, We Are Scientists, The Kooks and The Holloways, also featured on the track.

In August 2006 it was announced that Doherty was recording with The Streets frontman Mike Skinner on a new version of "Prangin' Out", from Skinner's album The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living.[29]


Doherty founded Babyshambles towards the end of his time with The Libertines. The group has released 2 studio albums, Down in Albion, in November 2005 and Shotter's Nation in October 2007. The band's touring schedule and releases have occasionally been disrupted by Doherty's ongoing legal problems.

The line-up of the band has changed several times: drummer Gemma Clarke left the band due to Doherty's drug problems and was replaced by Adam Ficek, and guitarist and co-songwriter Patrick Walden has also left the band and was replaced by Mick Whitnall.

In August 2006, Babyshambles signed up with major record label Parlophone, on which they released The Blinding EP on 9 December 2006.[30] In January 2007, they signed a long term record deal with Parlophone.[31]

In November 2007 Babyshambles played their earliest arena tour, taking in dates at the MEN Arena in Manchester, the Nottingham Arena, Bournemouth International Centre, London's Wembley Arena and Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.[32]

Solo work and Guerrilla gigsEdit

Doherty has been working on new acoustic material, similar to the wealth of his unreleased songs that can already be downloaded on the internet.[33] On his own, and often with his band, he has continued The Libertines' tradition of performing on short notice guerrilla gigs in small venues.[34] On New Year's Eve 2005, Doherty held a guerrilla gig in his North London flat where he showcased some of his solo works, many of which later leaked onto the internet.[19] 31 March and 1 April 2006 Doherty was performing two surprising solo gigs, his first in mainland Europe, at the NonStop Kino pornographic cinema and venue in Graz, Austria, after he failed to turn up for an earlier arrangement in January. For this occasion he produced, at the suggestion of Bettina Aichbauer, friend of Doherty and owner of the NonStop Kino, a film with the title Spew It Out Your Soul which he showed on screen during his performance.[35]


On 12 July 2008, Doherty played a solo gig at the Royal Albert Hall. It was his biggest solo show so far. The concert was originally scheduled for 26 April, but had to be rescheduled to a later date due to Doherty being sentenced to 14 weeks in prison for breaching probation on 8 April.[36] The solo show did not get the best ratings but was all in all still well received. Jon Swaine of The Daily Telegraph criticised that "whole chunks of the set … passed by as listless noodling, with neither Doherty nor the audience appearing to know quite how to behave" and that - without a full band - Doherty seemed out of place at such a big venue.[37] Betty Clarke of The Guardian described Doherty as "focused" and "on good form".[36] Friend and collaborator Peter Wolfe had a guest appearance on stage when Doherty performed "For Lovers". Swaine stated Wolfe ruined the song with "some especially tuneless backing vocals".[37] The gig was forced to an abrupt end during the encore due to a stage invasion by the fans.[38]

On 13 January 2009, NME.COM announced that Doherty's solo album, entitled Grace/Wastelands would be released on 16 March, preceded by a single, "Last of the English Roses", on 9 March. The website also revealed the tracklisting of the album and credits. In 2009 Doherty was made an honorary patron of the University Philosophical Society.

Whilst performing a solo gig at the Grimsby Auditorium in March 2009, Doherty declared Grimsby a "shit-hole" mid-way through his set after being continuously pelted with coins and drinks by a harsh crowd.(Citation needed)

Painting and writingEdit

In June 2006, Doherty announced that he had signed a deal with Orion Books to publish his journals, in which he had recorded poetry, drawings, and photos over the course of his career.[39] Most of Doherty's journals are freely available on the internet.[40] The book, titled The Books of Albion: The collected writings of Peter Doherty, was released on 21 June 2007.[41]

On 15 May 2007, Doherty exhibited his paintings for the first time. The art exhibition took place at the London's Bankrobber Gallery, and was on show for one month. The collection featured 14 paintings.[42]

An exhibition of Doherty's paintings titled, "Art of the Albion", took place at the Gallerie Chappe in Paris from 25 April to 25 May 2008.[43] The exhibit caused controversy due to artworks made with Doherty's own blood. According to newspapers, anti-drug campaigners were enraged and accused Doherty of glamourising illegal substance abuse.[44] Art experts were similarly unimpressed. David West, the owner of London's Decima gallery, for example, slammed his work: "It's not got any artistic merit. He's using his blood to make them interesting, but when you look at them they're what any four-year-old can do."[44]


Following in the footsteps of model and ex-fiancée Kate Moss, Doherty became the face of Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2007/2008 fashion advertising campaign. The photos gained praise for depicting a much cleaner and more handsome Doherty. The '50s-style photographs have also been compared to images of Marlon Brando.[45]


On 9 December 2010 it was reported that Doherty would be taking the lead role in a film adaption of Alfred de Musset's autobiographical novel La Confession d'un Enfant du Siècle alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg.[46]


In interviews, Doherty has listed his favourite books as George Orwell's 1984, Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet, Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire and the complete works of Oscar Wilde.[47] He has also mentioned Emily Dickinson and Tony Hancock as influences; Doherty and his father were once members of the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society. Doherty mentions Hancock, and makes an allusion to his famous phrase 'Stone me!', in an early song entitled "You're My Waterloo". However, numerous literary and musical allusions occur throughout Doherty's ongoing Books of Albion. He places particular importance on the Romantic poets and on existential philosophers such as Albert Camus and Miguel de Unamuno. Doherty has also alluded to work by the Marquis de Sade and Thomas de Quincey. On the Babyshambles album Down in Albion, there is a track entitled "À rebours", which is significantly influenced by the novel of the same name by Joris-Karl Huysmans.[48][49] His favourite films include British films of the 1960s and '70s such as Billy Liar, Poor Cow, O Lucky Man! and the film versions of Steptoe and Son.[47] He cites Lee Mavers of The La's as a musical influence, as well as The Only Ones, New York Dolls, The Stooges, Buzzcocks and Chas & Dave.[50] He is particularly fond of The Smiths and The Clash.[51][52]

Doherty has also supported up-and-coming British bands, such as indie bands The Paddingtons[26] and The View.[53]

Doherty is also known to be a devoted follower of Queens Park Rangers football club. As a youth he wrote a fanzine, entitled "All Quiet on the Western Avenue".[48] He sold copies of the fanzine on the club's grounds, but its mixture of literary references, quotes, poetry, and football stories proved unsuccessful with the other fans.

A frequent lyrical theme for Doherty is Albion, the ancient name for Great Britain. Doherty also uses 'Albion' as the name of a ship sailing to a utopia called Arcadia, a place without rules or authority. Doherty and Barât shared a flat in London, at 112a Teesdale Street, Bethnal Green, affectionately known as 'The Albion Rooms', despite being rather run down. Doherty named his diaries, in which he writes poems and other thoughts, the Books of Albion.[54]

Drug abuse and legal problemsEdit

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Doherty has been repeatedly arrested for drug offences and those arising from drug use, such as driving under the influence, car theft,[55] and driving with a suspended licence.[56][57] He has pled guilty to possession of crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine.[56] His addictions have resulted in jail time and multiple trips to rehabilitation facilities.[57] The influence of drugs on his life had already reached such an intensity at times, that in his younger days, Doherty worked as a drug dealer to pay for his drug habit, as he stated to author Peter Welsh in his biography.[58] Doherty stated that he has been a rent boy, and that during that time he robbed one of his male clients.[59]

In 2003, while Doherty's original band The Libertines was performing in Japan without him, he broke into Carl Barât's flat and stole various items, including an old guitar and a laptop computer. On 7 September Doherty was sentenced by Judge Roger Davies to 6 months in prison, however the sentence was eventually shortened to two months on appeal with the judge commenting, "We feel that a custodial sentence was justified in this case but sufficient credit was not given for his timely plea of guilty which it should have been. We have reduced his sentence to two months which will allow for his almost immediate release." Doherty was released from jail on 8 October 2003.[60][61][62][63]

On 2 February 2005, Doherty was arrested after an altercation with documentary filmmaker Max Carlish, who was making a rockumentary about the singer and sold photos of a heroin smoking Doherty to the tabloids. Doherty and his friend Alan Wass had been charged with robbery and blackmail. On 7 February Doherty was released on bail after his record company Rough Trade put up £150,000 in bonds.[64][65] All charges against him were later dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service due to a lack of evidence.[66]

In late 2007, a photo was published in several newspapers of Doherty allegedly forcing his pet cat to inhale from a crack pipe.[67][68][69]

On 8 April 2008, Doherty was jailed for 14 weeks by a court for breaching a probation order after a string of brushes with the law for drugs and driving offenses. On 18 April 2008, he was moved to a private area of Wormwood Scrubs prison after learning that fellow inmates were planning to attack him, therefore making it safer for the singer. On 6 May 2008, he was released after his sentence was cut in half and further 18 days were remitted due to a government plan to reduce overcrowding. He also had another 2 days off for being in police custody (after serving just over 4 weeks of a 14-week sentence). He described prison life as "a lot of gangsters and Radio 4" and showed a certificate confirming he had passed a drugs test while inside.[70]

Doherty made another attempt to fight his drug addiction in September 2007, when he underwent rehab for six weeks at Clouds House.[71] However, Doherty relapsed in November 2007 following his appearance at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 in Munich.[72] In September 2008 Andy Boyd, Doherty's manager, claimed in an interview with the Daily Mail that Doherty did not get off heroin. Boyd stated: "The only time I can be sure he’s not doing heroin or crack is when he’s in rehab or prison or asleep" and implied that when Doherty had an implant fitted, which blocks the body’s opiate receptors, he replaced heroin with another drug.[73]

In June 2009, Doherty was arrested in Gloucester and charged with driving dangerously, while drunk, and being in possession of heroin. He was released on a £50,000 bail[74] and after 'guilty' pleas were entered, was asked to return to court on 21 December for sentencing.[75] On this date, Doherty was spared jail but was ordered to pay £2,050 in fines, and was banned from driving for 18 months, despite the court hearing Doherty had 21 previous drug offences and six motoring offences. Following his release from court, he was escorted by officers to the nearest police station and re-arrested for possession of a controlled substance,[76] later revealed to be heroin.[77] The following day, 22 December, it emerged that Doherty could be charged with offences linked to a hit-and-run incident, which left a pedestrian in a critical condition. Doherty's manager, Andrew Boyd, has already appeared in court charged with a number of offences relating to the incident.[77] Whilst Doherty was in Gloucester court on 21 December, heroin fell out of his coat pocket. He was arrested for possession and was convicted for this offence at the same court on 27 January 2010. He was fined £750 and ordered to pay £85 court costs.[78] On 11 March 2010, Lowestoft magistrates fined Doherty £500 and banned him from driving for 12 months for allowing his Daimler car to be used uninsured by his manager.[79]

On 19 March 2010, Doherty was arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. He was reported to be bail until April 2010.[80]

In June 2010 Doherty was, after spending 10 hours in detention in JFK Airport, refused entry into the United States - despite having a visa.[81][82]

On 18 October 2010, Doherty was summoned to court under the charge of cocaine possession.[83] In March 2011 he pleaded guilty to possession, he was granted unconditional bail until sentencing on 20 May.[84] On 20 May, Doherty was sentenced to 6 months in jail for possession of cocaine, following the inquiry into the death of Robin Whitehead.[85]

Family and private lifeEdit


Pete Doherty in 2005. Photo by kk+. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Doherty has an older sister Amy-Jo[86] and a younger sister Emily.[87] His mother Jacqueline Doherty is a nurse, who published a book about family life with Doherty and his drug problems, called Pete Doherty: My Prodigal Son (ISBN 978-0755316083).[48] Doherty's father, Peter Doherty Sr., is a retired Army Officer (Major).[88]

After numerous attempts to convince him to start a serious rehab, in early 2005 Doherty's father decided that he was tired of broken promises and vowed never to see his son until he was clean of drugs. The sensitivity surrounding the issue became apparent in the BBC Two Arena documentary about Doherty, on 12 November 2006, which included footage of him talking about this aspect of his personal life. He was visibly upset and had to politely ask the interviewer at one point to stop filming. In October 2007, Doherty said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 show, Front Row, that he briefly reconciled with his father after 3 years of no contact when his father came to visit him in rehab, but they are currently estranged due to his ongoing difficulties with drugs.[89] In a radio interview in France on 6 July 2009, Doherty stated that 'I'm clean – the last 11 days I've been clean for the first time in quite a long time.' Doherty also stated that 'as we speak' work has begun on the 3rd Babyshambles album, stating that he was keen to begin writing while he was clean, however he displayed some anxiety at writing music while clean due to the fact many of his songs have been written under the influence of drugs.

Doherty has had a tumultuous relationship with Kate Moss, frequently covered by the press. They met in January 2005 at Moss' 31st birthday party and have had an on-off relationship since. Moss has also taken to singing at some of Doherty's shows.[90] On 11 April 2007, Doherty announced Moss as his fiancée during the first of his solo gigs at the Hackney Empire, London, at which Moss also performed.[91][92] Doherty planned to marry Moss during the summer 2007.[93] Since July 2007, Moss and Doherty have broken up.[94]

In October 2007, Doherty was briefly engaged to fashion model Irina Lazareanu.[95][96]

Doherty has a son named Astile Louis Doherty, born in Camden, London, on 12 July 2003,[97] with singer Lisa Moorish.[3][48] Doherty did not have much contact with his son until 2008. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Doherty said that he intentionally kept away from Astile because of the state he felt himself to be in. However, he stated that their relationship has become closer since then.[73]

In July 2008, Rolling Stone reporter Claire Hoffman asked Amy Winehouse about her relationship with Doherty. Winehouse replied: "We're just good friends", and added: "I asked Pete to do a concept EP, and he made this face, he looked at me like I'd pooed on the floor. He wouldn't do it. We're just really close".[98]

Doherty lives in a 9-bedroomed red-brick Georgian house on the outskirts of Marlborough, Wiltshire, leased from Lord Cardigan. Doherty chose Wiltshire to seek 'peace and quiet', and also because his probation order does not allow him to live in a residence with a London postal code.[73] Doherty was rumored to be facing eviction, due to the squalid conditions in which he lives, but his spokesperson dismissed these tabloid claims as false.[99][100]

Musical equipmentEdit

Doherty prefers vintage equipment. Many of his vintage guitars and amplifers have been destroyed in various domestic incidents.[101]


  • Epiphone Coronet-Doherty used the rare one pickup model from the 1960s a lot in the early years of the libertines, as well as in some later gigs.
  • Gibson ES-330-One of Doherty's first known guitars. Used throughout the early libertines gigs.
  • Epiphone Casino-Used with Babyshambles at recent concerts.
  • Rickenbacker 360-Used a lot in Babyshambles, live and in the studio.
  • Gibson ES-335-Used during the later years of the Libertines.
  • Epiphone Olympic- Another rare 1-pickup epiphone. Seen on the cover of the 'I get along' single (Libertines).



  • 2004: Doherty was voted to be joint #1 in NME's 2004 Cool List, along with fellow Libertine Carl Barât. The following year he was placed at #6,[102] and on 10 May 2006 was voted #2 in their poll depicting 50 of rock's greatest heroes.[103]
  • 2008: On 28 February 2008, Doherty won the "Hero of the Year" award at the 2008 Shockwave NME Awards.[104]
  • 2009: On 25 February 2009, Doherty won the "Best Solo Artist" award at the 2009 Shockwave NME Awards.[105]


Audio / videoEdit

The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into The Sun (Official Video)

The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into The Sun (Official Video)

Babyshambles - Delivery

Babyshambles - Delivery

Pete Doherty - For Lovers (Official Video)

Pete Doherty - For Lovers (Official Video)


  • Who the F*** is Pete Doherty? (DVD). London: Big Picture Entertainment / Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, 2006;
    • also released as Who the Hell is Pete Doherty? Sony BMG Music Entertainment, 2006.



  • Grace / Wastelands (CD). EMI, 2009.

with BabyshamblesEdit

  • Shotters Nation (CD). EMI, 2007.
  • Oh! What a Lovely Tour (CD). EMI, 2008.

Except where noted, discographical information courtesy WorldCat.[106]


Peter Doherty's Poem

Peter Doherty's Poem.

non-album singles
  • "For Lovers" (Wolfman, featuring Pete Doherty) (12 April 2004) UK #7
  • "Their Way" (Littl'ans, featuring Pete Doherty) (17 October 2005) UK #22
  • "Prangin' Out" (The Streets, featuring Pete Doherty) (25 September 2006) UK #25
from Grace/Wastelands
  • "Last of the English Roses" (9 March 2009) UK #67
  • "Broken Love Song" (3 August 2009)

Other appearancesEdit

  • Client, featuring Pete Doherty, Down To The Underground. Taken from the City album.

See alsoEdit



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