A Likely Lad (Hardback)
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A Likely Lad (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 16/06/2022
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A rock n roll bad boy in the classic mould, Peter Doherty's tempestuous career has seen enough highs and lows for several lifetimes and in this disarmingly candid, witty and unflinching memoir he reveals all about musical stardom with The Libertines, drugs, prison, debauched parties and much much more.

Peter Doherty's is the last of the great rock 'n' roll stories. As an icon, he is on par with the early Rolling Stones and Sid Vicious - bad boy and public enemy. To his devoted fans, he is a cult hero, a modern-day Rimbaud. Musically, there is no doubt he has defined the past twenty years of British rock 'n' roll with his sound, lyrics, lifestyle and aesthetic.

Since The Libertines rose to international fame, Doherty has proved endlessly fascinating. A whirlwind of controversy and scandal has tailed him since his first spell in prison in 2003. He divides critics; for every award and accolade, there is a scathing review. All too often his talents as a songwriter and performer have been over-looked. Hard drugs, tiny gigs on the hoof, huge stadium shows, collaborations, obliterations, gangsters and groupies, Doherty has led a life of huge highs and incredible lows.

In A Likely Lad, Doherty explores his darkest moments. With astonishing frankness - and his trademark wit and humour - he takes us inside decadent parties, substance-fuelled nights, prison and his self-destruction. Doherty also reflects on the turbulent relationships with various significant people in his life across the years. He discusses poetry, Paris, philosophy, politics, the music business and his key influences (from Hancock to Baudelaire). There is humour, warmth, insight, baleful reflection and a defiant sense of triumph.

This is Doherty's version of the story - the genuine man behind the fame and infamy. This is a rock memoir like no other.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408715482
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Doherty wasn't just at the heart of that era, he defined it, in ways both good and bad. Who better to capture the excitement but also the bleakness of that period than him? - Hadley Freeman, Guardian

Reveals unexpected details . . . Intimate, often salacious - Sunday Times

Lucid, candid and, ultimately, hopeful - Observer

Expertly pieced together . . . An extraordinary hymn to indie's own Rimbaud and degenerate noughties London - Mojo

A defiant and humorous look at one of the most infamous rockers of the 21st century - Far Out Magazine

[A]n easily digestible page-turner . . . plenty of new stories - i News

Overloaded with compelling stories - many funny, some haunting - New Statesman

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