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The Wisdom Of Pete Doherty

The Libs' man has just announced a solo album for 2016 and a smattering of UK tour dates in support. It's a bold move considering the band only recently released their brilliant comeback record 'Anthems For Doomed Youth'. Here are some of Pete's deepest musings on life, fame and even Pilates...

  • On his lifestyle: "We all have our foibles. I live a fucking straight life. It's so regimented now, it's not even real chaos, my chaos. I'm very certain of what works and what and who I need to avoid."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On The Libertines' chemistry: "We're all over the place, we're a mess, but we've got a few things going for us – and that is these melodies that weave our fucking songs together."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On prison: "Even in prison I told myself it was a good thing to be locked up, because at least I would have time just for me."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On fatherhood: "In his eyes it's sad and wrong, you're not the attractive person a child wants you to be."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On doing Pilates ‘[Sings to the tune of Dean Martin's 'Volare']: "Pil-at-es, oh, oh, oh/Don’t start-ees, oh, oh, oh."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On his love for France: "The French thing isn’t some idle vanity project – it’s in my blood. I have family buried in the [Père Lachaise] cemetery near here. I could probably qualify for the French water polo team.’"

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On fame: "It was always my ambition to be on the cover of a free gay magazine."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On society: "Oh, you can't just condemn people. We've gotta support each other, we're all in it together."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On drug use: "I would like to get rid of the damn drugs, it’s no longer fun. On the contrary, it’s just shit and kills all my creativity. But it’s difficult to stop."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On reincarnation: "My past life is a fucking mess, a real mess."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On Britishness: "The aim of our music is not to be British or American, but we do write about the world."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On debauchery: "The lust and freedom that comes from complete freefall, but unfortunately with that descent you generally end up flat on your back in darkness if you completely let go with nothing to hold on to. No handrails: I always thought that was the definition of a libertine."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On continental life: "If people hate you in France, they hate you for a genuine reason. In England, there isn’t any depth to people’s distaste."

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    Added: 23 Jul 2013

  • On his relationship with Carl Barat: "There was a time when I’d have died from him, and that turned into a time when I wanted to kill him. But now, I’m ready to die for him again."

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    Added: 14 Jul 2009

  • On having a heart attack: "I was running into the walls, making steering wheel signs with my hands. And then I just… stopped. My body just stopped."

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    Added: 01 Oct 2009

  • On The Libertines getting back together: "Well, it's going to happen. It's unfinished business, isn't it?"

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    Added: 17 Aug 2009

  • On Kate Moss not liking his music: "The fact that Kate didn’t like my songs was always a bit of a choker."

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    Added: 23 Mar 2009

  • On the late Amy Winehouse: "She's magic, that girl. But we're really different. She's hardcore."

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • On drug paranoia: "One time I thought the IRA were on my roof, trying to break in. It's crack psychosis. The only way to get through it is by lying on your belly for two days."

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    Added: 14 Jul 2009

  • On his debauched lifestyle: "One minute I'm waiting for Kate to arrive to join me in the Jacuzzi for a romantic evening. The next thing I can remember is doing cold turkey in a vomit-filled cell."

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    Added: 09 Jul 2009

  • On contemplating suicide: "I had this bash in Paris and I made an idiot out of myself. I ended up trying to throw myself off the top of the hotel. I wasn't happy about being 30."

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    Added: 24 Mar 2009

  • On addiction: "When did I last score drugs? I'd be a liar if I didn't say that, until the day I die, I'm gonna be uneasy about answering a question like that."

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    Added: 26 Jan 2009

  • On going to prison: "It was a nightmare in there. I was definitely a target for the, shall we say, less pleasant people. My toenail's falling off."

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • On life with Kate: "Shameless have we been, scene after scene, piping, pinned and powdering notes on planes… debauching it at the airports all over Europe."

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • On not realising his dream of becoming a footballer: "All I ever wanted to do was play for QPR, and when it sank in that it was never going to happen, it was heartbreaking."

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    Added: 20 Nov 2009

  • On being misunderstood: "I'm a musician. But to a lot of other people it's drugs, drugs, drugs, drugs, drugs, drugs, drugs, drugs, drugs. And more drugs. And I don't like it."

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    Added: 21 Jan 2009

  • On musical ambition: "We [Babyshambles] always wanted our own version of 'My Way'. A fuck-off big Sinatra one-off hit."

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • On his military father: "He was a career soldier, he was in it for the long haul. And he was amazingly successful. That's one thing he always told me: whatever you're gonna do, be successful."

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • On drug-taking and music: "It's not conducive to concentrating and playing and singing. I tend not to get a lot done when I'm battered."

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • On Kate Moss (again): "A lot of people basically are obsessed with the missus and I don't know really… she's just a bird from south London."

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    Added: 21 Jan 2009

  • On the tabloid press: "Honestly the cut, paste and twist of the gutter journalist: will they not desist this shit?"

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • On his 'archive' of unreleased material: "If you've got a bloke at NME who knows how to fix Macs, I've got fucking shitloads of broken Macs with sessions on that you can have…"

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • On his appetite for destruction: "All my beautiful guitars have gone. I’ve destroyed them myself and I hate myself for it."

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    Added: 09 Jul 2009

  • On resisting temptation: "I know where the self-destruct button is. I just have to resist the temptation to push it."

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    Added: 01 Dec 2009

  • On being hospitalised: "I woke up and the doctors were asking, 'Do you know were you are?' and I said, 'Well, I'm in a hospital.' It was easy."

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • On being tall: "People always come to me with a strange expectation of shortness. I'm much taller in the flesh and my lofty nature shocks people, I believe."

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    Added: 01 Dec 2009

  • On getting clean: "There's a silent pop as I find the vein and launch a great shift into my system. Eye-closing, jaw tightening, speedballing through the opening hours of my detox at the Nightingale Hospital, Lisson Grove. It begins now, does the rest of my life."

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    Added: 01 Dec 2009

  • For more on Pete, including news on the forthcoming Libertines album, pick up the new issue of NME.

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    Added: 01 Dec 2009