I suppose it's one way of seeing whether short prison sentences work: the singer Pete Doherty was released on Wednesday after serving less than two months of a six-month sentence for possession of cocaine. It was his third spell in jail, and the judge who sentenced him remarked on his "appalling record", which includes at least 13 previous court appearances. Doherty has been arrested many times for drug and driving offences, and he could face another prison sentence after allegedly breaking into a record shop in Germany in March.
A film about the indie rockers' riotous reunion paints a fresh picture of the band. Carl Barât tells Geoffrey Macnab about it
Carl Barât's talent has often been superseded by his fame. His combustible relationship with the ever-newsworthy Pete Doherty is well-documented, and rumours continue to swirl about a possible Libertines reunion. Yet in the midst of the headlines, Barât has formed one half of the last decade's most memorable songwriting partnerships and fronted two of its more popular indie bands. Now, standing centre stage at Koko, the limelight shines solely on him, but what's unclear is how happy he is to embrace it alone.
Ex-Libertines frontman joins growing number of artists hoping to bypass record labels
Regrets, self-disgust and wretchedness: God, I love myself
Readers review this week's big event
Arcade Fire burn bright as Reading finds its feet again
Doherty's old boys back in town
Andy Gill takes issue with the pick of the Noughties pop selected by NME
Music magazine NME has published its list of the top 50 albums of the noughties, as voted for by leading figures in the music industry.
The new romantic pioneers have re-formed, despite one of the most vicious feuds in pop. Mark Hughes reports
The days when pop stars just sang are over. Never mind Will Young on Question Time – musicians today are likely to be lecturing at a podium near you. Elisa Bray samples their wisdom
Rough Trade is the indie label that made it big, and now it's celebrating 30 glorious years – but it almost didn't make it.
Rick Wright gave Pink Floyd their surreal, spacey sound. Andy Gill bids farewell to the man, and the band, who changed the face of rock
Scientists have found that drummers have the stamina of athletes. Trouble is, their lifestyles are rather different. Keith Moon, anyone?
The Beta Band's Steve Mason has a new alter ego. He tells Chris Mugan how it came about