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One of the UKs most fêted bands of the early 00s turned out to be the Libertines, an outfit whose sound was comparable to early punk purveyors such as the Clash and the Jam. The Libertines story began when leaders Pete Doherty (12 March 1979, Hexham, Northumberland, England; guitar/vocals) and Carl Barât (b. Carlos Barât, 6 June 1978, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England; guitar/vocals) relocated to London. After building up their repertoire by writing songs together non-stop, the bands line-up was rounded out with the arrival of US-born drummer Gary Powell and bass player John Hassall. The quartet built up a cult following by playing a number of free guerrilla gigs (an approach they would continue to adopt even after becoming famous). Soon afterwards, the Libertines signed a recording contract with Rough Trade Records (fresh from their success of launching the Strokes career), and recorded a single in north London with...