"They've spawned a freshness and a rejuvenation of the entire rock and roll scene; they've changed people's
attitude to music. Music should be more about passion and less about EQ levels and money..."
It's no surprise that the Libertines have become one of the most infamous bands in Britain.
Theirs is the great rock'n'roll story of our times, a saga of drugs and shots at self-destruction to match any of the
legendary tales of excess passed down from the 1960s. More than that, theirs is a great love story, an exquisitely
painful romance of two self-proclaimed soulmates who can't live together yet can't live apart. For all their differences,
Barat and Doherty share an enduring love of mythology and self-mythologising: in interviews and weblogs they talk
of the band as a ship called Albion, sailing for Arcadia, a realm of freedom.
Doherty and Barat started the band back in 1996, with friends, bassists and drummers all drifted
through the band until they were joined in 2001 by the current lineup of bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell.
Signed to Rough Trade Records, the Libertines first release was Up the Bracket, hailed as a masterpiece by the critics,
combining effervescent garage punk with a music hall swagger. The band's singular music drew comparisons to quintessentially
English acts like The Kinks, The Jam and Blur.
The Libertines deglamourised the idea of rock star and fan, helping to bring themselves closer
to their growing community of fans, by arranging secret gigs via the band's website message boards, posting
entire albums' worth of tracks for free download online, scanning in every page of Doherty's personal diaries.
Libertines manager and former Creation Records boss Alan McGee says the band have spawned something
as vital as punk back in 1978. With a deadpan delivery and charity shop chic, singer Pete Doherty championed English culture.
The band's new single, Can't Stand Me Now, taken from their self-titled second album released in 2004,
is an ode to the faltering relationship between Doherty and Barat. Elsewhere the high octane punk of Arbeit Macht Frei and
What Became Of The Likely Lads suggests the band are far from finished.
"People see a folk hero in Pete. He's very approachable. He obviously means
it 100 per cent," says Alan McGee before adding, perhaps thoughtlessly,
"He's prepared to die for it."
-Spliced and assembled from random bios around, including "the Guardian," and tiscali.co.uk
OTHER LIBERTINES BIOGRAPHIES:
1| The Libertines at Twinkling-Star- "..An old school compendium of Union Jakcs, brittle English vocals and mod stylings.."
2| Boys in the Band- "Primarily, though, they're known for their music.."
3| I Like Music- "No one would believe it if it was made up.."
4| Tiscali- "..Expertly shambolic mish-mash of punk revisionism and pub-brawling swagger.."
ABOUT THE FANLISTING:
Hi, I'm Svea. I opened the Libertines fanlisting after the old one strangely disappeared and no one else took up the burden. Overall its
been a wonderful experience, uh. If you have any praise/complaints/design problems/html problems or just want to spazz out to another
Libs fan, feel free to contact me- firstname.lastname@example.org by email and bolshevik rush by AIM. No, I am not
affiliated with the Libertines. Carl smiled at me once from on-stage though, I swear (nah).