From Albion to Shangri-La by Peter Doherty
Transcribed and edited by Nina Antonia, with original illustrations by Peter Doherty Thin Man Press (2014) Veteran biographer of assorted cults Nina Antonia has collaborated with Babyshambles’ Pete Doherty for her latest book. These diaries encompass the period 2008-13, a time when Doherty was constantly on the move and indulging in the traditional recreational habits demanded by his public image. The book is in three parts: a meandering chronicle, tour diaries and finally a Q&A between Nina and Doherty. Of these it is the Q&A that works the best, providing some much-needed structure. Elsewhere it is a lot of drugs (less fun then you might expect), some sex and surprisingly little rock’n’roll. If you are in thrall to Doherty’s visions then you will get much from this book. For true-believers only.