This week an artist unveiled a sculpture of a crucified Pete Doherty in a London church. Nick Reynolds says that ‘For Pete’s Sake’ was inspired by the singer’s treatment by the media while he was struggling with drug addiction, and it could well turn into a site of pilgrimage for fans of the troubled Libertines man.
But there’s already a place in London, little known by those who aren’t Libs fans, that’s become the band’s equivalent of the Abbey Road crossing where tourists recreate the famous Beatles album sleeve all day long while being honked at by irate drivers. Grove Passage (or ‘Libertines Lane’) is a lot harder to find than Abbey Road, down an alleyway near the canal in Bethnal Green. The Libertines filmed their ‘Up the Bracket’ video here in 2002, and it’s now a destination for followers of Pete ’n’ Carl (’n’ Gary ’n’ John), many of whom have inked their appreciation onto the walls.