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Hedi Slimane. Gottingen. 7L. 2005. First edition. Wrappers. Unpaginated [c.150 pages]. Also included is the 28 page stapled booklet. Both items are wrapped with the rubber-band and housed in card box. Full-page monochrome (and some colour) photographs throughout. 245 x 320mm (9¾ x 12½"). 1.3kg. 3865211690. English. Fine; one corner of the box beginning to split as is common with this very fragile item.The French fashion designer and photographer's influential photobook documenting the hedonistic highs and lows of Pete Doherty. The book captures the angst of youth at the turn of the century and is a highly-collectable modern classic. Included is a booklet replicating pages from Doherty's diary.'Birth of a Cult focuses on the most iconic character within this heady milieu. The project began with Slimane’s video piece (shown at Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, Sept. 2004) a study of Pete Doherty and his new band, Babyshambles. Slimane started documenting Doherty when Doherty had just completed the second Libertines album and was then kicked out of the band for crack addiction. Babyshambles created an immediate sensation and a loyal following. Most of their performances have been ‘guerilla gigs’, irregular or unplanned events which have always generated enormous fervour and excitement and which on occasion have degenerated into riot. Between jail, crack addiction and tabloid coverage, Doherty’s public persona has been distorted and manipulated. This has failed to hide that fact that he is a truly original musician, a charismatic frontman, songwriter and performer, and an authentic poet of our times. Whilst the book focuses on Doherty, it encompasses the entire London scene, and bands such as The Others and The Paddingtons. This is a movement which could be as strong, prolific, and spontaneous as the birth of punk in 1977 and this is the first book which intimately lays it bare, from the inside of Pete Doherty’s bedroom to explosive stage performances and riotous fans. Birth of a Cult is about music, and poetry, and is also a tribute to a whole new generation of fans.' (from the publisher's description).