The Libertines

Pete Doherty plans spell in rehab

Libertines star Pete Doherty said he has “a long way to go” before he gets off drugs but is planning to enter rehab later this month. .

Pete Doherty: I was a bit unhinged

As the former Libertine prepares his UK debut as an artist, he talks frankly and exclusively to Matilda Battersby about Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, his baby daughter and why he paints with his own blood

Joan Smith: Pete Doherty is not a child

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.

The ten most successful solo projects

Former Libertine Carl Barat has decided to forge a career for himself as solo artist with a new stripped-down sound. Will it work out for him? Perhaps in hope rather than expectation, we take a look at some of the more successful musical spin-off projects.

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First Impressions: The Libertines, Fibbers, York (2002)

If Simon Schama ever gets around to making The History of British Pop, he could do worse than call on The Libertines for period battle scenes from the Rock Wars. Everything here's a re-enactment, a reconstruction. You pick a year – 1964 (Mod), 1979 (Mod Revival), 1993 (New Wave of New Wave), 1995 (Britpop) – and these are the boys for the job.

The View, Koko, London

To enjoy widespread live success but scant commercial recognition is the curse of the second wave of British indie bands inspired by the DIY ethos of The Libertines. Without the trumped-up poeticism of Pete Doherty and his peers or the pop wit of Arctic Monkeys, The View and groups like them have been condemned to the cultural hinterland of entertaining a crowd in different cities every night of the week while being largely ignored by the Top 40.