Tabloid bad boy, misunderstood musician, cult hero, public enemy – which of these tags apply to Pete Doherty? This book, co-authored with Simon Spence, looks back at his life with all its many wild highs and crushing rock bottom often self inflicted lows. A talented musician certainly – just listen to the Up The Bracket album – but one who was seemingly overwhelmed by a Herculean appetite for self-destruction. The book doesn’t try to whitewash the drug abuse, violence, spells in prison and the like, things reaching a nadir around the Babyshambles/ Kate Moss era in the mid 2000s, and the parallels with Shane MacGowan and Amy Winehouse in his chaotic selfish lifestyle are certainly plain for all to see. He’s obviously an intelligent man underneath all this, and at various points knowledgeably discusses poetry, politics and philosophy, but all too often this persona is subsumed by the dark side of his character in this at times humorous, at times reflective, at times haunting memoir – he’s someone who has certainly lived life to the full, but all too often this has been to the detriment of those around him. It’s an interesting read, but you can’t help feeling he could have achieved so much more had he taken different paths and made better choices, but at the end of the day he did it his way and in a perhaps somewhat unlikely happy ending seems to have finally cleaned up his act and found a modicum of peace and contentment in his life.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The Libertines, rock memoirs.
One thing you’ve learned
Doherty is definitely someone who polarises opinions!.