Role models: Pete Doherty and the death of Robin Whitehead

On Sunday, the Observer published my interview with Jake Fior about Pete Doherty and Robin Whitehead.

The story has generated some interest and other newspapers have followed up on it, with more to come, but away from the lurid headlines the key quote is probably this.

‘It’s something the Rolling Stones learnt after Altamont,” Fior says: “You have a duty of care to your audience. If you break down boundaries [with guerilla gigs] it causes new problems, especially if your music appeals to the young and alienated. You can’t have people in your entourage who are likely to overreact with fans. Pete’s lifestyle choices are his own business, but he has a responsibility to keep them to himself.

I am not a great fan of the idea that celebrities should be considered role models, but think this could be an exception.

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2 responses to “Role models: Pete Doherty and the death of Robin Whitehead

  1. Awesome piece, Peter – thanks.

  2. are you saying Peter should be a role model by behaving better, but others who behave well shouldn’t be role models? I don’t understand!

    He broke my heart when he broke the Libertines. Where was anyone’s ‘duty of care’ to me then??

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