Drew McConnell and Pete Doherty backstage at Newcastle Northumbria University during Babyshambles’ Pipe Down Tour in 2006. This is one of the shows the band played before they got busted by the police for drug possession in Shrewsbury on October 1. Doherty describes the bust in Spencer Honniball’s book, ‘Beg Steal Or Borrow: The Official Babyshambles Story’: "We had two minutes to get everything flushed down the bog. And we were like, ‘Nothing is going down that bog. So we lined-up rocks of crack, stuck em’ in the pipe and blazed." Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell and Pete Doherty learning new songs before going onstage in Aberdeen in 2006. The week before this Scottish date Pete caused chaos in Germany. He turned up five hours late for a gig and during an interview earlier that day he squirted a TV camera crew with liquid from a syringe during a live interview. The cameras had to be sterilised and Drew stormed off shouting, "That’s fucking fucked up." Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Mik Whitnall at a flat in London with friends. In April 2006 a photo of bandmate Doherty seeming to place a syringe in a girl’s arm was stolen from his flat and published in The Sun, which led to his arrest. He recalled: "They just nicked me and said: ‘You’re going down for nine years.’ My whole flat got sealed-off by forensics. Every needle in the joint (over up to a thousand)." He said if they’d actually bothered to get a statement from the girl it would have "made mincement of any allegations". Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Babyshambles relaxing in their dressing room at the Debaser Club in Stockholm. Drummer Adam explains in Spencer Honniball’s book, ‘Beg Steal Or Borrow: The Official Babyshambles Story’ that when he returned after the show he found "all the furniture ruined by a fire extinguisher, a girl with her hair on fire and Peter and Johnny Headlock (unofficial manager at the time) having a knife-fight". Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Babyshambles’ drummer Adam Ficek at the piano during a break from a recording session in 2005. After one session he explains that bandmate Doherty and Wolfman "went wandering around the surrounding woods in dressing gowns following the wolf cries made by (the then manager) James Mullord. Security [from the record label] were following Peter. Following Wolfman. Following James. I’m glad I was in another cottage. It was so surreal".
Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse.
Babyshambles’ guitarist Mik Whitnall at Laburnum Street in London. Whitnall had been friends with Doherty for years, and joined the band in 2006. Patrick explained: "I was clean but there were still drugs around and I was feeling tempted myself. I was told there wasn’t going to be drugs around – I got really angry and walked out." Spencer Honniball’s book, ‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow: The Official Babyshambles Story’ is out on Monday (November 3). Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Pete Doherty backstage during Babyshambles’ Pipedown tour in 2006. Despite claiming at the start of the tour that ‘it was the first time in years’ he’d been touring without using, Pete was arrested for possession of Class A drugs. The club they were playing in, the Music Hall in Shrewsbury, was busted on October 1 and their tour bus confiscated, leaving the rest of the band members with nowhere to sleep. Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Babyshambles’ frontman Pete Doherty playing the guitar backstage at one of the band’s early gigs. Their first show, at the Tap ‘n’ Tin in Kent in October 2003, received mixed reviews. "A lot of negative things were said, but my salvation was the music," explains Pete in Spencer Honniball’s new book ‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow: The Official Babyshambles Story’, "I don’t think we ever let them down on that front – we belted out a good tenner’s worth of tunes so people can say what they like." Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Babyshambles’ guitarist Mik Whitnall recording on a laptop at Laburnum Street, London. In Spencer Honniball’s book, ‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow: The Official Babyshambles Story’ bandmate Doherty explained that during one studio session Mik mixed valium and alcohol: ‘When Mik does [it], he can’t get his clothes off quick enough. He started banging on about the Yorkshire Moors, Ancient Britain and how clothes represented the Tory government’s means of controlling people". Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Pete Doherty and Mik Whitnall in the basement at Turnmills in London, as featured in Spencer Honniball’s book, ‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow: The Official Babyshambles Story’. The book is named after the Babyshambles’ single which was recorded at Turnmills and given away for free with tickets to the band’s headline set at Get Loaded In The Park, August 27 2007. Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Pete Doherty posing for press shots before Babyshambles’ performance at Get Loaded In The Park. The pictures were taken in Turnmills’ basement. Doherty checked into The Priory the week before his appearance at the festival following a court appearance for drug offences. His solicitor had to persuade the clinic to allow him to play the gig halfway through his treatment, because without the money for the show he would have been unable to pay his rent. Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
Babyshambles’ frontman Pete Doherty and drummer Adam Ficek compiling a setlist before their Camden Crawl gig on April 19 2007. During ‘The Blinding’ Doherty messed up the tagline at the end of one of the choruses, so threw the drumkit and amps into the crowd in anger. Pic: AlizÃ© Meurisse
The cover of Spencer Honniball’s new book, ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow â