Pete Doherty's taxi driver sells blood artwork to cover outstanding bill

Babyshambles man calls the Glastonbury painting his 'best ever'

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A taxi driver who Pete Doherty ran up a bill of £1,800 with is to cover the Babyshambles man's debt by selling copies of his blood paintings.

Marlborough cab firm owner Justin Cook is selling 45 signed copies of what Doherty says is the "best painting" he has ever drawn.

The painting, which is available to view on, shows a gig at Glastonbury 2008 from the crowd's point of view, where Doherty performed a headline solo set on the Park Stage.

Speaking of the picture, the Babyshambles man revealed he got an "enormous amount of joy" from completing it.

"Even if you're in a terrible mood and just painting blind, the finished result is something to look at and cherish," he said. "Like writing a song lyric, carving something, anything made out of nothing you can call your own, something that's been worth doing."

Doherty also admitted he is currently in the midst of a creative rebirth.

"On the brightest of Savernake mornings I can see myself productive, busy, confident and, yeah, rolling in it," he said. "Realistically, I think it's going to take a great deal of effort to remain productive. That's my ambition, that's my aim really, to be productive and to grow, 99 per cent inspiration, one per cent blood."

Pete Doherty's debut solo album, 'Grace/Wastelands', is released on March 16.

Proceeds from the sale of Doherty's Glastonbury paintings will be split between Cook and Doherty.

Meanwhile, NME.COM has a song from the album, 'New Love Grows On Trees', available to download free. Head to the NME Office Blog to download it now – where three further songs from 'Grace/Wastelands' can be heard streaming.

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