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The Libertines

Perhaps always doomed to a premature downfall, the Libertines released two full albums during their brief, two year stint. Lead singer Pete Doherty was convicted of the burglary of bandmate Carl Barât's flat in 2003, which as you’d expect formed the catalyst for the band’s demise. However, their Sex Pistols-esque approach to music has left them with a cult status, and rumours of a reunion.

The Libertines News

The Libertines to reunite for London Hyde Park show?

The band post an image of Hyde Park on official Facebook page, fuelling speculation of reformation

  • Apr 20, 2014

Alan McGee: 'The Libertines were completely out of control'

The Creation Records frontman says the band were the toughest act he ever worked with

  • Nov 8, 2013

Pete Doherty says he is not currently in contact with Libertines bandmate Carl Barât

The frontman says he is still hopeful of a reunion though

  • Jul 25, 2013

'The Libertines: Bound Together' to be released as e-book this week

Best-selling biography will be available on May 23

  • May 21, 2013

Carl Barat, Theo Hurts attend opening of Nikon NME Music Photography exhibition

Libertines photographer Roger Sargent awarded as amateur shots go on display

  • Nov 9, 2012

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The Libertines Music Videos

Garrick Davis-Redhouse Play Video

Garrick Davis-Redhouse

Nothin' but the Blues. Watch the official Garrick Davis-Redhouse video by Garrick Davis/The Fabulous Funkyband in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Cant Stand Me Now Play Video

Cant Stand Me Now

The Libertines-Cant Stand Me Now music video

Cant Stand Me Now Play Video

Cant Stand Me Now

The Libertines - Cant Stand Me Now music video

What Became Of The Likely Lads Play Video

What Became Of The Likely Lads

Watch the official What Became Of The Likely Lads video by The Libertines in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Can’t Stand Me Now Play Video

Can’t Stand Me Now

Watch the official Can’t Stand Me Now video by The Libertines in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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The Libertines Reviews

The Libertines

The Libertines

Time For Heroes: The Best Of

  • Oct 19, 2007

The Libertines: The Libertines

We won’t see their like again...

  • Sep 12, 2005

The Libertines : Up The Bracket

...an unholy row a million times better than 'What A Waster'...

  • Sep 12, 2005

Various : Bring Your Own Poison: Live At The Rhythm Factory

Four Libertines/Doherty tracks and a new wave legend in this grimy snapshot of the grot’n’roll uprising

  • Dec 5, 2004

Wolfman feat. Peter Doherty : For Lovers

Soulful, sublime...

  • Apr 16, 2004

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The Libertines Biography

The Libertines were an English rock band, formed in London in 1997 by frontmen Carl Barat (vocals/guitar) and Pete Doherty (vocals/guitar). The band, centred on the songwriting partnership of Barat and Doherty, also included John Hassall (bass) and Gary Powell (drums) for most of its recording career. The band was part of the garage rock revival and spearheaded the movement in the UK.

The band gained some notoriety in the early 2000s. Although their mainstream success was initially limited, their profile soon grew, culminating in a No. 2 single and No. 1 album on the UK Charts. In December 2004, their self-titled second album was voted the second best album of the year by NME magazine. Both of their full-length LPs were produced by Mick Jones, of the British punk band The Clash.

In spite of their critical success as well as decent commercial success, the band's music was often eclipsed by its internal conflicts, stemming from Doherty's addictions to crack cocaine and heroin, which eventually led to the breakup of the band. Doherty has since stated that the breakup of the band was due to relationship difficulties between Barat and himself that were not related to his drug addictions. The members of The Libertines went on to form new bands with varying degrees of commercial and critical success.

In August 2010, the four members of The Libertines reunited to play a series of shows, including slots at the 2010 Reading and Leeds Festivals. The reunion shows received a highly positive response from the press and fans.

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