In the bumper edition, new-look NME this week we’ve got the first and only interview with Pete Doherty since his release from prison last week, as well as exclusive images from his prison diary. Plus, Noel Gallagher speaks out about leaked Oasis tracks, we review The Ting Tings’ forthcoming album, we ask some of the biggest names in music about their first time (at gigs that is) and speak to The Subways about love splits, surgery and their upcoming releases. And as always the best live, album and track reviews and extended gig guide.
This is another sketch taken from Pete Doherty’s prison diary. He was allowed tobacco but was given Subutex (a heroin replacement drug) to tackle his addiction while in Wormwood Scrubs. He did say there were ways of getting drugs inside, but he claimed the reports he took them were "complete rubbish". He was released last week. Read his first interview in this week’s issue.
This is the official document which details Pete Doherty’s prison sentence, handed to him because he broke the rules of his probation. He spent 29 days inside Wormwood Scrubs but was released last week with a certificate proving that he’s clean from drugs. We got an exclusive interview with the Babyshambles man, read it in this week’s NME.
This was a letter written in Pete Doherty’s prison diary. He kept a journal including tabloid cut-outs and drawings during the whole 29 days of his sentence at Wormwood Scrubs. He was released last week and gave his first interview to NME – read all about his experiences and what he plans to do next in this week’s issue.
A particularly sombre sketch taken from Pete Doherty’s prison diary. "This morning I thought of a lyric of mine from the song ‘Sedative’", he writes, "I felt a tear roll down my cheek and fought it to no avail." Pete spent 29 days in Wormwood Scrubs for breaking his probation, and was released last week. He went through a wave of emotions whilst inside. Read the full interview in this week’s issue.
"I don’t think I’ve ever been healthier. I’m up for it. I just want to get back to my life, really." Pete was buzzing during his exclusive interview with NME following his release from prison last week. This sketch comes from his prison diary, which he kept as a way of dealing with being inside. Read the full interview in this week’s issue.
Pete Doherty celebrates being in a room without locks following his release from Wormwood Scrubs Prison last week (May 6). Read the first full, exclusive interview with the Babyshambles frontman in this week’s NME.
Pic: Adrian Hunter, fee donated to the CATO Trust, www.catotrust.com
"I don’t feel like I’ve got to score. I feel like just going for a walk" – Pete Doherty’s exclusive admission to NME following his release from prison last week (May 6), and as these pictures show, that’s exactly what he did. Pic: Adrian Hunter, fee donated to the CATO Trust, www.catotrust.com
White Lies are rocking the Topman NME New Noise Tour this week – get the lowdown on the ex-indie-poppers-turned-black-souled-ghouls in this week’s Radar. See Live for the tour’s opening night review too.
A Place To Bury Strangers – dubbed New York’s Loudest Band – pop up on our new music Radar talking about shoegazing, alley parties and noxious fumes in this week’s NME.
The Ting Tings release their hotly-tipped new album ‘We Started Nothing’ next week, and with three of their singles making it to the top of the Club NME chart, expectations are high. See if it lives up to them in this week’s Albums round-up. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The Subways talk to NME about love splits, career-threatening surgery and how they’ve pulled themselves back from the brink for their latest comeback – all in this week’s issue. Pic: Andy Whitton
Spiritualized’s new single ‘Soul on Fire’ is our Track Of The Week, scoring a massive 9/10 – see what’s so great about it in this week’s NME as well as what we thought of the new releases from The Mae Shi, Rihanna, Heartsrevolution, The Zutons, The Futureheads and Young Knives. Pic: Andy Fallon
Another month, another free album download. This time it’s Trent Reznor again with Nine Inch Nails’s new release ‘The Slip’- see if it’s even worth the free download in this week’s Albums. Pic: Tamar Levine
As The Futureheads’s new single enters the NME TV chart in this week’s issue, we’ve got the full verdict on their comeback album ‘This Is Not The World’ in Albums.
In Live this week Black Lips rollock around Club NME at Sin City, Swansea, Radiohead kick off their world tour in Florida, The Pigeon Detectives return home to Millennium Square, Leeds and we’ve got the opening night review of the Topman NME New Noise Tour in Oxford, featuring Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires, Team Waterpolo and White Lies. Find out more about White Lies in this week’s Radar.
Pic: Sonia Melot
Nick Cave caught live at Glasgow’s Carling Academy, along with his merry bunch of Bad Seeds. The show drew heavily from new album ‘Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!’ – get the lowdown in this week’s issue.
Ricky ‘Kaiser Chiefs’ Wilson admits how great it’ll be to play next week’s homecoming gig at Leeds’ Elland Road Stadium, despite the fact they’ll lose money from the show. Find out more in this week’s issue.
Friendly Fires helped kick off the Topman NME New Noise tour in Oxford last week. Singer Ed McFarlane performed with a fit of Jagger thrusts and voguish shapes. The crowd responded by dragging him into the mayhem, as seen in this week’s NME Gallery. Check out our review of the event in this week’s Live too.
Pic: Andy Willsher
Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis tells us of his love for 90’s cheese-meister Haddaway and other tunes that make up the soundtrack to his life in this week’s My Music.
Florence and The Machine lead this week’s Radar section, which also introduces you to A Place To Bury Strangers, White Lies and profiles some of the acts on Oregon-based label Holy Mountain. Pic: Tom Oxley
Pete Doherty leaves a service station in central London with a copy of this week’s NME, which features his first interview since being released from Wormwood Scrubs prison. On the day of his release he was met outside the prison by NME photographer James Quinton, who gave the Babyshambles frontman a lift home in his car.
Pic: PA Photos
Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty leaving Winehouse’s flat in Camden, north London (May 14). They had planned to party at one of Winehouse’s favourite local bars, Jazz After Dark. However, it was closed, so they headed to petrol station instead for supplies, before heading to Soho to meet friends.
Amy Winehouse and a hooded Pete Doherty stock up on supplies in central London. The pair have been spending time together since Doherty’s release from Wormwood Scrubs prison, with Doherty apparently keen to contribute songs to Winehouse’s third album, the follow-up to 2006’s ‘Back To Black’.
Pete Doherty checks himself out on the cover of the new issue of NME. Earlier he’d given us his first post-prison interview, in which he admitted to cheating on a drugs test. Read the full story in NME, onsale now.