About The Libertines
Powered by dual frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, The Libertines took the 2000s UK garage rock revival to the top of the charts.
∙ Mick Jones of The Clash produced their Platinum-certified debut, 2002’s Up the Bracket, which made Pitchfork’s list of the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s.
∙ Their 2003 single “Don’t Look Back Into the Sun” peaked just shy of the Top 10 on the UK Singles chart, earning them Best Band honors at the NME Awards.
∙ The singer-songwriter Wolfman recruited Doherty to perform on his 2004 single “For Lovers,” which was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award.
∙ Named one of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by NME, 2004’s chart-topping The Libertines predicted the band’s breakup in such tracks as the smash “Can’t Stand Me Now.”
∙ Doherty’s side-project Babyshambles released several Top 10 singles, including 2005’s “Albion,” whose title—a mythical reference to England—is a running theme in his music.
∙ In addition to performing in several other bands, Barât is an actor who has appeared on TV, in film, and, in 2012, on the stage, playing Roman emperor Nero in the rock opera Pop’pea.