I actually forgot that Pete Doherty was still alive. I can’t get over the fact that someone this self-destructive actually can live past the age of 25. Pete has admitted to doing every drug under the sun and working as a male prostitute to support his drug habit at one point. His London flat has pictures of himself that he allegedly drew with his own blood. He is one creepy dude but also is such a character that no matter what he does music-wise he will stay in the papers.
What Americans never hear, however, is that Pete Doherty is a troubled genius. He writes brilliant lyrics and by all accounts did well in school and University. I found this interview with his mother who seems like a normal army wife and mother. She knows that part of the celebrity surrounding her son is the fact that he is a hot mess.
â€œPeterâ€™s greatest misfortune was to become famous. People seem hell-bent on perpetuating his wretchedness â€“ a pathetic, limp figure.â€
I don’t really know what will become of Pete Doherty. Today he still plays impromptu gigs at clubs but after six stints in rehab is looks as though the drugs are here to stay. Here are some photos of Pete playing a gig in London.