We know that there are a lot of people out there with some very strong opinions on Pete Doherty. Just mentioning his name in an office full of [introspective people who form all their opinions from reading The Sun] can cause outrage, and abuse of the Doherty name. Amongst these people that call him a “waste of space” a “druggie” or a “criminal” – ask them if they’ve ever heard any of his music and the answer is no. They’ve never heard of the man-love fuelled genius that is the Libertines, or the craziness of Babyshambles.
This is why I loved the realness and simplicity of MTV’s documentary Pete Doherty in 24 Hours (shown on Sunday). It followed the softly spoken, funny and artistically talented man behind the controversy, in the 24 hours leading up to his appearance at a Gio Goi fashion show in Camden, London. We’ve seen the media scrum which surrounds this guy [I was even in it at Soccer Six in Milwall last year] it’s just extraordinary and terrifying. That’s why the MTV documentary is a brilliant insight – it’s great to be able to see Pete potter about his country house, make tea, hoover up and do cartwheels in a field full of poo!
This is a particular highlight:
If you haven’t seen it then you must. Even if you hate his public persona, it’s worth watching for the sexually charged re-union of Pete and his former bandmate Carl Barat on stage. Lovely