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Carl Barât


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Carl Ashley Raphael Barât (born June 6, 1978) was co-frontman of punk and indie rock revivalists The Libertines with Peter Doherty. He was also the frontman and lead guitarist in the band Dirty Pretty Things.

Carl Barât was born in Basingstoke, England and grew up in the nearby town of Whitchurch, England. According to a September 2004 interview with Blender Magazine, Barât had mentioned to have a French, Polish, and Russian ethnic background. Other sources have suggested that Barât also has Spanish blood. He divided his youth between his father, who worked in an armaments factory, and his mother, Chrissie, who was part of the commune-dwelling counterculture, such as CND and peace groups. Barât spent part of his childhood living with his mother on a commune in Somerset. He has one sister, Lucie Barat, an actress-turned-singer, who most notably played Helen’s handmaiden in the 2004 film Troy and is currently the lead singer of The Fay Wrays.[1] and several half siblings.

In 1996, Barât was studying for a drama degree at Brunel University in Uxbridge. He was somewhat disillusioned by his fellow drama students, however he did meet and get on well with a girl named Amy-Jo, who happened to be Peter Doherty’s sister. Through Amy-Jo, Barât met Doherty.[2] Barât initially disliked Doherty but they developed a very intense friendship, the two building a mythical view of an English arcadia, and “The Albion,” a ship sailing to Arcadia which is populated in equal degrees by Dickensian gentlemen and cockney wide boys.


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