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Powell: Libertines not druggies

The Libertines weren't just "drug-taking idiots", drummer Gary Powell has said.

The 42-year-old hopes that the upcoming documentary film, The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders, will help clear up the biggest misconception about the band, which consisted of him, Pete Doherty, Carl Barat and John Hassall.

"It's a bit of a love letter to the fans, but it will hopefully give people more of an understanding of what it means to be a Libertine and our group dynamics," he said.

"When you say 'Libertine', a lot of people immediately think of Pete Doherty, drug-taking and Kate Moss instead of thinking of the music, and the camaraderie between us and the fans.

"The biggest misconception is that we're all a bunch of scally drug-taking idiots who are talentless and have no real love of music," he continued.

"You rarely hear people talking about our love of music. Pete would never be seen without the guitar in his hand - it was literally the most important thing to him. So it would be great if people could actually understand how integral music was in all of our lives."

Gary - who has been busy with his own band The Invasion Of..., his record label and is in talks to front his own radio show - would like to hit the road with the guys again.

"I'd love to do a reunion soiree, but all four of us would have to be involved. If Pete or one of the others was not, I wouldn't do it," he said.

:: The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders will be shown in cinemas on Tuesday, March 27, before being released on DVD on Monday, April 30. Director Roger Sargent will tour with the film - see www.thelibertinesfilm.com for more details.

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