Live fast, die young The birth, life, death and rebirth of The Libertines
Pete Doherty meets his sister’s friend, Carl Barât. The pair become friends and form The Strand, which becomes The Libertines.
Bassist John Hassall (right) is enlisted, and Johnny Borrell is on the margins but doesn’t join the band. Paul Dufour initially plays drums, but he and Hassall quit after the band fails to land a record deal.
Drummer Gary Powell joins. They eventually sign to Rough Trade after impressing label boss Geoff Travis at a showcase. Hassall rejoins on bass.
Bernard Butler produces their debut single What a Waster/I Get Along, while Clash guitarist Mick Jones oversees the recording of their album Up the Bracket (right), released that September to critical acclaim.
Doherty’s drug use causes cracks in the band. Non-album track Don’t Look Back Into the Sun is released, but Doherty is largely absent from recording sessions. He refuses to join his bandmates on tour and is later arrested and imprisoned for burgling Barât’s flat.
The band begin the troubled recording of their second, self-titled album (right), and play their last gig in March before Doherty leaves for an unsuccessful rehab stint in Thailand. On his return he is frozen out until he kicks his addictions, but instead he concentrates on new project Babyshambles.
After the eventual dissolution of The Libertines in December 2004, Barât and Doherty don’t play together again until a one-off gig in London in 2007.