KIDS IN THE RIOT: HIGH AND LOW WITH THE LIBERTINES Pete Welsh
From page 94 of Classic Rock Magazine August 2005
The downfall of ‘the UK’s most dangerous band’.
Anything that Mötley Crüe managed in The Dirt, The Libertines attempt in Kids In The Riot....
Completed last October, the book was unable to fully document Pete Doherty’s tragic freefall into full-on media sideshow – supermodel
girlfriend an’ all. But everything else is present in abundance: the squalor of giving hand jobs to get money to eat; the band’s rehab-clouded rise to the festival circuit; Doherty’s numerous confusing estrangements from his band- mates. Think again if you believed the Crüe bought a monopoly on heroin- and booze-craved cavorting, sex on the floor of crack dens, burglary and offensive weapon charges, taking crystal meth with Lemmy, recrimination and then reconciliation. This tale of paranoia, brotherhood, jealousy, misunderstanding and plain stupidity is almost as graphic and compelling.
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