Pete Doherty onstage during Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, London in June 2007.
Mark Mawston recalls, "Taken at Jarvis Cockers Meltdown in 2007 at the now legendary Disney Songbook gig. Although there were many highlights, a standout for many was when Doherty walked onto the stage and sang a word perfect interpretation of Chim Chim Cheree from Mary Poppins.
No one else could have looked or sounded more perfect. The cherubic urchin that sang that night was as far away from the Doherty of the drug-fueled headlines as you could imagine. With all the negative publicity that surrounded him at that point, he needed no cues, no support from others, and sang it note perfect, unlike many of the others that night. The haunting quality of the moment was so intense that you could literally hear a pin drop. I was transfixed yet amazed at the little lost boy on stage and by the fact that he almost seemed to be singing directly to me, perched just on the lip of the stage. It was that special. I then realised that he was indeed singing to me, winking to the camera and playing the part to perfection. Or so I thought. After one too many sweet smiles I looked round to realise that it was perhaps the girl who’d sat in my vacant seat on the row in front of the stage that Pete had been singing to, rather than I, his then girlfriend Kate Moss taking her own shots.
It was a magical evening all around and unlike one or two of the other photographers, because I didn’t try and take a picture of a supermodel girlfriend, I escaped having a stiletto in the shin that the others who tried that got, which was nice. She smiled for the camera before she kicked them of course, her cheekbones as sharp as her heals. Although she’d dumped him in a trailer park off a motorway in North London in the rain and drove away not long after, it’s the cool bohemian couple I’ll remember and the look I’ve seen many times since of a fangirl in love with a pop star. That and that fact that when he was in court that same week he used the Liberty fabric scarf he was wearing to hide from the press which was the design my wife had named after me! Liberty for the Libertine. Sounds like a French Underground slogan."
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