Friday, November 26, 2004

Is It Cool Or Kind Not To Speak My Mind?

He's been jailed, sacked by his band and he's a junkie. How cool is that?

THE music industry was accused yesterday of glamorising drug abuse after the New Musical Express chose an artist who is fighting crack cocaine and heroin addiction as its "Cool Icon" of 2004.

Pete Doherty, who was kicked out of The Libertines for failing to control his drug use, topped the magazine's writers' list of music stars who embody the notion of "cool".

Drug charities said that the magazine, the most influential music publication read by teenagers, was behaving irresponsibly. The NME said that it had rewarded Doherty for his wit, musical abilities and positive influence on his young fans, not for his well-documented drug problems.