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The Libertines: The decline and fall of the Albion Empire

Ted Kessler, New Musical Express, 20 September 2003

THE LAST TIME Pete Doherty and Carl Barat played on the same stage together was at the summit of the Libertines' explosive career in May. It was on The Late Show With David Letterman at the tail end of a chaotic but fruitful US tour. The band, against all the odds, were doing what precious few British bands have managed in recent times – they were on the path to breaking America.

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