Carl Barat to receive honorary degree

Libertine to get honorary doctorate from University Of Winchester next month (November 9)

Carl Barat is set to receive an honorary doctorate.

The Libertines man will receive his degree from the University Of Winchester next month. It promises to be a family affair: his mother works at the institution and his sister, Alice, will graduate at the same time in a BA in Drama.

“Carl Barat is one of the most innovative and interesting figures in contemporary British music,” Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor said in a statement. “The University is delighted to honour such a creative and reflective performer.”

Earlier this month, The Libertines’ debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ celebrated its 10th anniversary. Speaking to NME about the record in a special anniversary issue, which featured a covers CD of the LP performed by a host of bands including Peace, Spector and Stealing Sheep, Barat said: “It’s like a time capsule, bristling. I feel beatific joy twinned with deep sorrow, which was what wrote the songs back then.”

The singer and guitarist had not been aware of the 10-year anniversary of The Libertines debut album and got “a bit of a shock” when he was informed, as he had thought it was “five at a push”.

“There’s definitely some pride there,” he said. “Really, the first time I’d listened to it in about 10 years was when I heard the covermount CD you lot made. And I couldn’t even list the original tracklisting. I’ve got a lot of memories of it though.”