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The Libertines - their comeback in pictures

  • The Libertines reunited on stage the other night (24 August) in London for a "live rehearsal" - their first stage performance as a four-piece since they split in 2004. Read our live report in full.

    Photo: Roger Sargent

    Added: 25 Aug 2010

  • Read more on the Libertines' comeback gig, and watch video footage, here. You can also watch a new video interview with the band. The Libertines grace the cover of the new issue.

    Photo: Roger Sargent

    Added: 25 Aug 2010

  • The Libertines played their first official comeback show the following night (August 25). Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell took to the stage to the sound of Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' to a packed crowd at the HMV Forum, playing a 21-song set that kicked off with fan-favourite 'Horrorshow'.

    Photo: Matt Wilkinson/NME

    Added: 25 Aug 2010

  • Other tracks aired by the four-piece included 'Can't Stand Me Now', 'Death On The Stairs' and a version of 'Up The Bracket' that featured a snippet of 'Radio America' as an intro.

    Photo: Matt Wilkinson/NME

    Added: 25 Aug 2010

  • We've just produced a special collectors' magazine devoted to The Libertines, which you can order here. Keep clicking to see a collection of stunning pictures from the mag.

    Photo: Andy Willsher / NME

    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • Pete Doherty reads a Libertines live review in NME. Our new special edition mag was edited by Jamie Fullerton, who's also written a blog post about his memories of the band.

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    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • Pete Doherty with Bernard Butler. The former Suede guitarist produced the Libertines' first single 'What A Waster/I Get Along', and was originally in the frame to produce the second album.

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  • This press shot, taken at London's Spring Studios in May 2002, was initially kept under wraps by The Libertines' label Rough Trade, who were worried the red jackets would invite comparisons with crimson coat-loving Menswear.

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    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • Pete with DJ/socialite Tabitha Denholm, whom he dated in the early days of the band.

    Photo: Roger Sargent / NME

    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • Carl Barat recording the Libertines' second album.

    Photo: Roger Sargent / NME

    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • Another shot from an early press shoot with photographer Roger Sargent.

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  • Recording the second album in London.

    Photo: Roger Sargent / NME

    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • A spread from NME Icons: The Libertines.

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    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • An early shot of the band playing in 'The Albion Rooms' - ie their flat in east London.

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    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • Carl Barat with Johnny Borrell, who played bass in an early incarnation of The Libertines before forming Razorlight.

    Photo: Patricia Brown / NME

    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • Pete in his flat, 2004, during a particularly druggy period when he was estranged from the band. Read the full interview, and loads more encounters with The Libertines, in NME Icons: The Libertines.

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    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • An 'alternative' version of The Libertines Pete Doherty geared up in 2003 when estranged from the version with Carl Barat in it. The singer is 'Scarborough' Steve - who was in The Libs when they first formed.

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    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • The Libs onstage in London in 2004.

    Photo: Andy Willsher / NME

    Added: 30 Jul 2010

  • NME Icons: The Libertines can be ordered from our online store - or you'll find it in newsagents.

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    Added: 27 Jul 2010