Pete Doherty has admitted he can’t bring himself to read his own memoir.
The new book from the former Libertines frontman A likely boywas written by autobiographical author Simon Spence after extensive interviews with Doherty.
A likely boy looks back on the ups and downs of Doherty’s tumultuous career. It covers his time with The Libertines, drugs, prison, partying and more.
In a new interview, Doherty has revealed that he hasn’t actually read the book.
“It’s too weird to read because it’s in the first person,” he said The guard.
When asked if he expected the book to be written in the first person, Doherty said, “No! The initial agreement was that I would talk to him on the phone, in the third person. But when the book arrived it was just “I”, “I”, “I”. It’s completely shocking.”
He said he was upset with the book. “Well, yes, you can imagine that,” he said. “My agent’s words to me were, ‘Just think about the money.’ But we had already spent the money.”
Doherty complained that “they took out all the good bits because every attorney had to read it.”
He said, “Also, my wife was a little worried, but I said to her, ‘If you don’t read it and I don’t read it, we can just pretend it doesn’t exist.’ But she doesn’t do it that way.”
Doherty now lives in Normandy, France and is married to Katia de Vidas, who plays keyboards in his current band, Pete Doherty and the Puta Madres.
Elsewhere in the interview, he spoke about how living in France has helped him stay sober.
“It’s not a big drug area here,” he said. “Then of course it all stopped [with the pandemic]. So all of the circumstances combined made it easier to be clean, even for a sneaky scoundrel like me. It just wasn’t worth the hassle.”
A likely boy will be released on June 16th.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/pete-doherty-memoir-libertines-b2098813.html Pete Doherty says he hasn’t read his own memoir and was “completely shocked” to discover it was written in the first person