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Doherty 'one of rock's greatest'
Pete Doherty
Doherty's talent has been overshadowed by his drug problems
Pete Doherty has been voted one of the greatest rock stars of all time by readers of music magazine NME.

But the troubled singer, who came second behind the late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, was dismissed as a "just a worn-out drug addict" by NME.

The magazine, which only two years ago named Doherty as its "cool icon", expressed surprise at his inclusion.

It said: "Surely he's just a worn-out drug addict who needs help if he's ever going to make decent music again?"


"Yes, there was a time when Pete Doherty lived his life with an unrivalled romantic zest, when he represented a truly anti-establishment voice," it said in the latest issue.

1. Kurt Cobain
2. Pete Doherty
3. Morrissey
4. Liam Gallagher
5. Carl Barat
6. Thom Yorke
7. Noel Gallagher
8. David Bowie
9. Ian Brown
10. Ian Curtis

"But is he really still your hero? Now that his second home seems to be the courtroom?"

In 2004, when the magazine named Doherty as their "cool icon", it said his talent as a musician, not his heroin addiction which made him "the coolest".

"There is something seductive about the idea of doomed destructive youth, which goes back to the Romantic poets," it told readers.

Two thousand NME readers voted in the latest survey, in which Morrissey was third placed, Liam Gallagher fourth.

Doherty's former Libertines bandmate, Carl Barat, came fifth in the poll.

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