Libertines

Whether or not these post punk revivalists from Londen have an unhealthy obsession for children is not known. It is known however that frontmen Carl Barât and Pete Doherty once got hold of a book by Marquis de Sade with the explicit title The Lust of the Libertines.

Where does band name Libertines come from - Marquis_de_Sade_portraitProbably it concerned an adaptation or an excerpt of the original, Les 120 Journées de Sodome ou L'Ecole du Libertinage. In that book twenty four (for the most part extremely youthful) girls are sexually tortured by four wealthy gentlemen, who incidentally lend their willing ear to four older prostitutes, who at the same time give a detailed account of their experiences.

De Sade wrote the book in captivity, in 1785, when he had to spend 37 days in the Bastille, the infamous jail in Paris. The manuscript - a continuous roll of paper with a length of 12 metres - survived the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution and was later recovered in the Sade's cell. It took until the beginning of the twentieth century however before a publisher had the nerve to publish it.

Barât and Doherty, who were actually first planning to call their band The Albions, thought The Libertines sounded nice in some way, apparently.

Active: 1997-2004; 2010-present, GBR
Site: http://www.thelibertines.com/


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