Peter Doherty has never been fond of a quiet life. Even now, as the on-off Libertines frontman moves into his 40s, his name is never far from the headlines. With controversy as his shadow, Doherty lives somewhat of a haunted, hedonistic lifestyle. He is a man with daemons but his optimism shines through. He is driven by self-expression and, despite the aggressive tone he comes with, Doherty’s a sensitive soul. In interviews he is off the cuff but undeniably quick-witted and unconventionally charming.
Since 1997, Peter Doherty has been building a notorious reputation layered with scandals and fuelled by hard drugs. From his turbulent friendship with Carl Barat to his heavily publicised engagement to model Kate Moss, Doherty forms explosive friendships. As his fame took off, so did his legal troubles as his name gets linked to various deaths of his acquaintances and drug charges start mounting up.
Throughout the years, Doherty has made many attempts to conquer his additions with stints in various rehabilitation centres throughout the world but none have ever had the desired impact. When Doherty speaks about his troubles with substance abuse, it’s clear he puts himself on trial for his actions and is deeply aware of the consequences.
The Puta Madres became Doherty’s band in 2016 when the previous project Babyshambles separated. The new band toured hard for a few years and released their self-titled debut album in April 2019. This new album is one of the softest ever released by the man. Float away melodies and poeticisms fill the odes and ditties. He speaks of social and political issues with threads of humour weaved through every track. Although it may not reach the same acclaim as early Libertines or Babyshambles work, this new album is a definite success and display of positive evolution of Doherty’s musical style.
But a new band and album aren’t enough for the Englishman as he has also set off into the world of hotel ownership. He and some old Libertines’ bandmates have returned together and are in the midst of opening up a five-storey hotel and studio space in Margate. The guesthouse is called The Albion Rooms and has been home to its owners until it is ready to open for business. It has also sparked rumours of a Libertines revival and fourth album.