Pete Doherty/The Libertines
Pete Doherty/The Libertines

Pete Doherty/The Libertines
Pete Doherty's 'Book Of Albion', a diary of thoughts, lyrics and album concepts, the leather-bound book containing a wealth of material written during the recording of the Libertines' debut album Up The Bracket, RAK Studios, August, 2002, and during the Libertines' World Tour, Summer, 2002, comprising:

- preliminary working lyrics for 7 tracks on Up The Bracket, the Libertines second album The Libertines and other EP releases, including: Campaign Of Hate; Tell The King; Skag & Bone Man; Time For Heroes; Ha Ha Wall; In Love With A Feeling; and Babyshambles track Black Boy Lane;
- with approximately 64 pages inscribed by Doherty and 25 pages inscribed by fellow band members and friends, including one page signed and inscribed by Up The Bracket producer, Mick Jones To Pete, Carl, Gary & John (The Libertines)...I feel lucky to have met you all and get to make what I know is going to be an amazing debut album with Mick; a page signed and inscribed by Alan McGee The Libertines "What A waster, what a two bob c**t", The story of Glaswegian youth, Alan McGee, the inscription annotated by Doherty This being Mr. Alan McGee's contribution to the book of Albion. He turned up unannounced at Whitfield St (Sony) when we were mixing Up The Bracket...I suppose he was there to see Mick Jones really...; one page inscribed with a poem by Peter 'Wolfman' Wolfe, signed Wolfman and dated 2002
- two track listings for Up The Bracket; and a preliminary concept drawing for the album cover artwork by Doherty, inscribed in Doherty's hand Album cover;
- two backstage passes for Leeds Festival and Reading Festival, August, 2002, inscribed The Libertines/Peter
- approximately 7 doodles in Doherty's hand, majority self-portraits, including one portrait of the band titled Hell(o); and a sketch by Libertines bassist, John Hassall, of Evil Jeff

Lot Essay

Pete Doherty refers to his diaries and journals as 'The Books Of Albion' and in 2007, Orion Books published some of his journals as The Books Of Albion: The Collected Writings Of Peter Doherty. The journal in this lot was not published in that volume.

Up the Bracket was the Libertines' debut album and was first released in October 2002. It reached number 35 in the UK Albums Chart. In April 2008, BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe chose the album as one of his Masterpieces, playing the album in full with interviews from the band members, fans and fellow musicians who were influenced by the album. The album received widespread praise from critics and has quickly become considered one of the greatest albums of the 2000s. The Libertines' second album, The Libertines was released in August, 2004 and went straight to number 1 in the UK chart. The songs are of a famously biographical nature, documenting the turbulent relationship between Doherty and Carl Barat.

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