Jack White

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Jack White is an award-winning musician and producer born in 1975 in Detroit, Michigan. With his ex-wife Meg White he is one half of the rock duo The White Stripes and has also performed as part of the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather, and as a solo artist. White is also the founder of the Third Man Records label, which has issued releases by the musician’s projects and others.

2 Jul, 2014

Secret London show

White performs a secret “medical-themed” London show in association with the Punchdrunk theatre company, in which attendees are asked to wear surgical masks and sign away their rights and organs. The attendees then enter different treatment rooms and record their responses to different songs. White performs a short set to conclude the show, ending with his collapse after the performance of Icky Thump. The musician is strapped to an emergency bed and wheeled away.

Reported outbreak of an unidentified contagious disease in Central London last night! #vescovoandco #jackwhite #lazaretto

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10 Jun, 2014


LazarettoWhite releases his second album on the Third Man Records label (distributed through Columbia Records). The album sells 138,000 copies in its first week to claim the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. The vinyl release also sets the record for largest sales week for a vinyl album since tracking began in 1991. The album features members of both White’s backing bands (the all-male Buzzards and all-female Peacocks), with initial sessions recorded during touring for his solo debut. Some of the song lyrics are inspired by short stories and plays White wrote at 19 and rediscovered in his attic.

…What if I talk to my younger self and work together with him? What if you write songs with your younger self’s ideas? It wasn’t, ‘Let me take this page and set it straight to music.’ That would be too easy. But rather, what if I pull from here and take it somewhere totally new, so I’m actually collaborating with myself from the past on a song.

1 Jun, 2014

Apologizes to Black Keys and others


White issues an apology for his recent statement regarding the Black Keys, Adele and others:

I felt in a way forced into talking about very private opinions of mine that are very much in the realm of “behind the curtain” show business conversations, and things to do with my own family and friends. These are things I never talked about publicly, but through the actions of lawyers trying to villainize me in a private legal scenario, my private letters were made public for reasons I still don’t understand. They contained comments that were part of a much bigger scenario that is difficult to elaborate on, and also one that I really shouldn’t have to explain as it was personal and private in nature.

I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey, and Adele. All of whom are wonderful performers with amazing voices. I have their records and I hope for more success for them all as the years go on. They deserve all they’ve gotten. And, I also would love to state that I personally find it inspiring to have powerful, positive female voices speaking out and creating at all times in the mainstream, and all of those singers do just that, so I thank them.

I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get…I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world.

Anyone who can get people to pay attention for more than a second with musical notes in this age, or any age for that matter, deserves credit and applause. Thank you for reading all of this and I hope that the nonsense started by lawyers and strangers to me and perpetuated by tabloid journalism can be left behind, and all of the musicians can move forward in positivity. So, God bless the Black Keys, Danger Mouse, Adele, Meg White, and anyone else I’ve spoken about, and thank you for understanding. Good fortune to all of them, and I’m sorry for my statements hurting anyone.

30 May, 2014

Says Black Keys ‘rip off’ his sound


In an interview with Rolling Stone, White makes new comments about the Black Keys:

There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don’t know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too. I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s The Black Keys. The other half, it’s a sound-alike song because they couldn’t license one of mine.

14 Dec, 2013

Brawls with Stollsteimer

White is involved in a barfight with Stollsteimer at the Magic Stick club in Detroit. Stollsteimer receives a bloody nose and bruises to his right eye, while White receives cuts on his left hand. The altercation takes place during a record release party for Blanche. A spokesman for the Von Bondies says:

White approached Stollsteimer during the concert, physically forcing him against the speakers, and began shouting. Stollsteimer attempted to turn his head [to] face White but refused to engage in conversation. Visibly angered by Stollsteimer’s unwillingness to argue or fight, White spat into Stollsteimer’s face and punched him in the head and face repeatedly. White then forced Stollsteimer to the ground and continued his attack until White was restrained by several crowd members.

White claims he fought back in self-defense.

2 Aug, 2013

TMZ leaks private emails

TMZ leaks White’s private emails after wife Elson submits them in the couple’s divorce proceedings. The emails include comments made about Auerbach of the Black Keys, whose children are attending the same school as White’s:

That’s a possible twelve f***ing years I’m going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a**hole with other people trying to lump us in together. [Auerbach] gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world.

29 Jul, 2013

$200K National Recording Preservation Foundation donation


White donates $200,000 to help launch the National Recording Preservation Foundation. The donation allows the foundation to start awarding grants and debut its National Recording Preservation Plan. Chairman Brylawski:

With its national plan, the Library of Congress has laid the groundwork for the long-term preservation of our audio history but the challenges to achieving this at a significant scale are daunting. I hope that Mr. White’s extraordinarily generous donation inspires many others, especially those in the recording business — record companies, artists, songwriters, and others — to follow his lead to help ensure that we are able to preserve and make accessible recent and historical recordings at risk of loss.

6 Dec, 2012

Three Grammy nominations


White earns three nominations in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Blunderbuss is nominated for “Album of the Year” and “Best Rock Album”, while Freedom at 21 is nominated for “Best Rock Song.”

17 May, 2012

Responds to claims

Makes Statement

Guinness says the White Stripes were acknowledged as record-holders for shortest concert in the 2009 edition, but have since scrapped the category.

Subsequent to this appearance we received a large volume of applications from bands and performers seeking to beat this record. The ultimate results of this was individuals claiming that simply appearing onstage was enough to qualify them for this record.

The organization also encourages White to “attempt any of the 40,000 records that are currently active on our database.”

16 May, 2012

Claims Guinness denied world record


White claims the Guinness Book of World Records denied The White Stripes’ record for shortest concert in history for its 2007 show.

The thing is, though, that the Guinness book is a very elitist organisation. There’s nothing scientific about what they do. They just have an office full of people who decide what a record is and what isn’t. Most of the records in there – who has the biggest collection of salt-and-pepper shakers or whatever – are just whatever they want them to be.
24 Apr, 2012

Releases solo debut

Jack White Blunderbuss CoverWhite releases his solo debut, Blunderbuss. The album includes 12 original tracks and a cover of a Rudy Toombs song. Third Man Recordings, XL Recordings, and Columbia release the album on CD and vinyl. White tells NPR:

I came up from growing up with a lot of Catholic guilt, a lot of punk rock, hipster guilt in the later years where I think people have thrown a lot of things on me. Where I always felt like I’m not supposed to tell the horn section what to play or I don’t want to come off egotistical or like a control freak to tell a piano player to change the rhythm to waltz time now because it will make this thing happen. But now I’m in a position where I own the studio and the people who come in to work on music. They want to make something beautiful happen and somebody needs to direct it, and I feel like … forget all that guilt.

2 Apr, 2012

Releases single via balloon

White releases 1,000 copies of his single Freedom at 21 attached to helium balloons through Third Man Records. The label uses biodegradable latex balloons and all-natural twine.

Accompanying the balloons were custom postcards with instructions for the finders to submit photos, discovery location and the date on which the record was found. All of which will be incorporated into a website where fans can access the information.

10 Jun, 2011

Divorce party

White and Elson hold a “divorce party” to celebrate their 6th anniversary and future divorce. The invitation reads:

Please help us celebrate together this anniversary of the making and breaking of the sacred union of marriage with our best friends and animals.

16 Apr, 2011

Music City Ambassador award

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean presents White with the first annual Music City Ambassador award for bringing the most international attention to the city’s music industry over the past year. White accepts the award at the Third Man Records building in downtown Nashville. Dean says:

His music spans over several different genres. He made a decision to come to Nashville after he achieved a great deal of success. He came here with all of his creative energy, plus this entrepreneurial spirit, and he is invested in the community.

White thanked the city and the mayor, calling the award “an incredible honor.”

12 Mar, 2009

The Dead Weather

Band Formed

White debuts his new band in a private show at the opening of Third Man Records’ downtown offices. White plays drums with Mosshart singing, Lawrence on bass, and Fertita on guitar. The band’s beginnings can be traced back to the Kills/Raconteurs tour where White asked Mosshart to fill in on lead vocals.

It reenergized the tour…We had one day off in Nashville where [Mosshart] had spent the night and the next day she would fly out. So the three of us [White, Mosshart and Lawrence] said, ‘Why don’t we record a 7-inch?’…Dean just happened to be spending the night in one of the ante rooms [in my house].

18 Sep, 2008

James Bond theme

White and Keys debut their collaborative theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. The duo trade vocals on the track. A portion of the song is featured in an ad for Coke Zero.

Alicia Keys & Jack White - Another Way To Die [Official Video]

7 Jun, 2005

Get Behind Me Satan

Get Behind Me SatanThe Stripes release their fifth studio album, a musical departure from their established sound. For much of the album, Jack goes acoustic with a piano-focused sound. Jack White explains why he chose the album title:

I named one of my albums “Get Behind Me Satan,” my favorite phrase Jesus said, because the triple meaning behind that is so powerful:  The idea that the devil could ‘get behind me’ as in back me up. The idea of Satan not as just some evil figure, but the idea beneath all, is get behind me, man, get with me on it.

1 Jun, 2005

White, Elson marry


White marries Karen Elson, a model who appears in the White Stripes’ music video for Blue Orchid. The band’s manager Ian Montone serves as White’s best man with drummer Meg White as Elson’s maid of honor. The ceremony is confirmed by the band’s publicist:

Karen Elson and Jack White were married…on the confluence of three rivers — the Rio Negro, the Solimones and the Amazon … by a traditional shaman priest on a canoe at the exact point where the three rivers met. … The ceremony was immediately followed by a blessing by a priest at a Catholic cathedral called Igreja Matric.


13 Feb, 2005

Wins Grammy


White and Lynn wins the Grammy for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for Portland Oregon, and Best Country Album for Van Lear Rose.

1 Jan, 2003

Ranked 17th in ‘100 Greatest Guitarists’

In a special issue of Rolling Stone dedicated to the 100 most influential rock guitarists, Fricke names White at 17:

White has become the hottest new thing on six strings by celebrating the oldest tricks in the book: distortion, feedback, plantation blues, the 1960s-Michigan riff terrorism of the Stooges and the MC5. Onstage, decked out like a peppermint dandy, he violates classic covers (Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Bob Dylan’s “Isis”) with fireball chords and primal, bent-string scream.

15 Jun, 2001

Marriage rumors

A report of the Whites’ former marriage appears in the New York Times in a blurb about the White Stripes. The rumor is previously reported in Entertainment Weekly, while a New Yorker issue from the same period still refers to the pair as siblings.

20 Jun, 2000

De Stijl

De StijlAfter Jack White and Meg White’s divorce, the band releases its second album, again on Sympathy for the Record Industry. The album title is Dutch for “the style.” The band again tours with Sleater-Kinney after the record’s release. Jack says:

The first LP’s really angry, you know. This LP we tried to get a little cleaner. Maybe we changed from anger to bitterness.

24 Mar, 2000

Whites divorce


After ceasing living together, Jack and Meg White divorce in the same year that the White Stripes’ second album is released. Jack describes tensions in the band:

She viewed me that way of ‘Oh, big deal, you did it, so what?’ Almost every single moment of the White Stripes was like that. We’d be working in the studio and something amazing would happen: I’m like, ‘Damn, we just broke into a new world right there!’ And Meg’s sitting in silence.”


The Upholsterers

Makers of High Grade SuitesWhite forms a band with Muldoon called the Upholsterers. The group releases a solitary single, Makers of High Grade Suites. White hides 100 of the clear plastic 7″ vinyls in furniture:

We made 100 copies of a 7″ on clear vinyl with transparency sleeve so you couldn’t even see it if you x-rayed it. We left those in a hundred pieces of furniture that he upholstered that year… to one day be found, or maybe never be found.

1 Nov, 1998

Lafayette Blues

220px-Lafayette_BluesLafayette Blues is the band’s second single. White and Dave Buick hand-paint copies to sell at a release party, which later become collectors’ items.

We pitched up six dollars for them. I remember me and Ben were talking, Aw that’s too much! No-one’s gonna buy it at the Gold Dollar for six dollars…It’s funny stuff – thinking no-one’s gonna buy them for 6 dollars, now they’re going for 2700!

14 Jul, 1997

The White Stripes

Band Formed

The duo is formed, drawing influence from the garage rock and punk genres as well as Jack White’s passion for American folk music. The band members’ mysterious relationship is often mentioned in reference with the group. White describes his reasoning for forming a duo:

I could see that it was impossible to get your ideas across, with all the people — the soundman, lighting people, producers — you had to go through. I suppose that put me in the direction of a two-piece band.

21 Sep, 1996

Gillis, White marry


Gillis marries White (and takes her last name). The pair soon begins telling the press they are siblings. Jack White says:

When you see a band that is two pieces, husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, you think, “Oh, I see…” When they’re brother and sister, you go, “Oh, that’s interesting.” You care more about the music, not the relationship — whether they’re trying to save their relationship by being in a band. You don’t think about that with a brother and sister. They’re mated for life. That’s what family is like.

12 Jun, 1994

Joins Goober & the Peas

Joins Band

While working in an upholstery shop, White auditions to join the Detroit country-punk band. Singer-guitarist Dan Miller says:

Jack was a lot younger than we were. He wasn’t the most technical drummer, thankfully – not a Neil Peart-ish drummer. Everybody in the band was like, “Wow!” It was great to see somebody with that kind of passion for music. His instincts were really great.


Upholstery apprenticeship

In late 1990, White begins working as an upholsterer’s apprentice for family friend Brian Muldoon. Muldoon introduces him to punk rock. White writes secret messages on the insides of the furniture to communicate with other upholsterers.

I used to believe that upholsterers should leave messages for each other because we’re the only ones that see the inside of furniture. I was always shocked. I worked at a shop with five other guys and I said ‘why don’t we write messages to each other?’

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