Today there was a pretty sad/ interesting/ damning article about the thrice-arrested- in-one-day Pete Doherty in the New York Times.Â Sarah Lyall was able to be pretty merciful in her description of the Boy Rocker Who Would Be King–partly because the people she interviewed did all the bad-mouthing for her (which is kinda golden for news journos). Examples:
“We’ve done it [bail Pete out of jail] before; we can’t keep doing it…We’re not bounty hunters.” –Colin Wallace, international label manager of Babyshambles’s record label, Rough Trade
“He could have had it all, but it’s getting a little annoying by now, isn’t it?…He believes in the romance of it all and in chemical assistance as a way of expanding your mind. But, basically, he’s been given a lot of chances and he’s flunked them.” –Malik Meer, the assistant editor at NME
“What’s happened is that Arctic Monkeys have come along and taken all his fans away with one fell swoop…It’s still debatable how great his talent is. He was very promising, but it’s never been fulfilled. All he’s done is frustrate people.” –Paul Rees, the editor of Q magazine
I mean if the British people are even giving up on Pete (who I still refer to as “Pete Libertine”), what hope is there for this fellow? If even the New York Times is taking time out to say “Pete Doherty, you’re a wash up,” that’s gotta hurt.
Pete Doherty: tortured genius, retarded junkie, mediocre musician but amazing media whore, future Big Brother contestant, or the inspiration behind James Frey‘s upcoming memoir? What do you think?