Honoring Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty Shares Video for ‘Flags of the Old Regime’
In an act of beautiful dedication, Pete Doherty of the Libertines recently crafted a song titled "Flags of the Old Regime" for Amy Winehouse, and today (Feb. 19), the singer-songwriter has released its music video. You can watch it below, along with a recent interview in Thailand about the tribute.
Directed by Katia de Vidas, the video was filmed at Karma Sound Studios in Thailand, where Doherty recently resided while in treatment for addiction -- from which he seems to be recovering quite well. It features Doherty in a suit, in black and white film, smoking and sadly looking up and singing. In the interview, Doherty described his writing sessions with the departed Winehouse, stating, "She was quite a harsh critic. Sometimes we'd get together to write songs and she'd say, 'Come on then, play us what you've got' and I'd play a particular chord progression and she'd be like, 'Nah, it's not really good is it Pete?'"
He went on to say how that was usually enough of a positive affirmation to him to use that progression.
The song itself, which was produced by Stephen Street, has a ton of contributors, from Babyshambles and Helsinki's Drew McConnell on bass, Jamie Morrison on drums, Stephen Large on keys and Street on acoustic guitar and percussion, with strings arranged by John Metcalfe. It will be officially released on March 9 on 7" vinyl and digital formats -- both are currently available for pre-order. Profits will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization that aims to educate young people about drug and alcohol abuse.
The Libertines are currently working on a new album, their first in over 10 years.