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The World According to Jack White


04/11/2013
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(Gibson) Nobody does rock quite like Jack White. The Detroit-bred singer and guitarist got the world's attention with the White Stripes, the garage rock, punk-blues duo featuring his "sister," er, ex-wife of sorts Meg White, and his career has grown exponentially ever since.

From the White Stripes to the Raconteurs to the Dead Weather to his work as a solo artist, White's career trajectory is anything but boring. Add to that his record label, Nashville-based Third Man Records, and it's obvious White is here to stay. In this feature, we look back at some choice quotes from White over the years.

On first hearing the White Stripes song "Fell in Love with a Girl" on the radio, as told to Rolling Stone in 2002: I just laughed. I mean, it would be Staind, P.O.D., then us and then Incubus. Half of your brain is going, "What is going on? Why are we even involved with this? This is pointless." The other half is full of people going, "No, this is new, a quote revolution in music unquote, and something is going to change now, because of you guys and the Strokes and the Hives, and music is going to come back to more realism."

On how the White Stripes evolved over the years, as told to American Songwriter in 2007: I've gotta be honest and say because of the structure of the band, in a lot of ways it's exactly the same as it was 10 years ago. We still are doing exactly what we want to do, and nobody is really telling us to alter it, or trying to manipulate it in any way. It was the same when we were just putting out 45s and putting together posters in our living room… and recording the albums in our living room. It's the same way as it is now. We're still going into a record, recording it and writing it using the exact same processes we were using 10 years ago, and I really like that a lot.

I think a lot of bands, especially in the modern times…now everyone's got this need to constantly reinvent or feel as though they should reinvent or evolve. The White Stripes are unique in the sense that it doesn't evolve; it stays the same because of the constrictions we've placed on ourselves from the get-go. We're wearing the exact same colors we were wearing 10 years ago at the very first show. We're still contained in that box.

On his relationship with White Stripes drummer Meg, as told to Rolling Stone in 2002: As soon as you say something, people make up their own minds as to what it means. I'm sorry, but I have to pick and choose how those things are presented because I don't want people to think the wrong thing. I think the only focal point should be the songwriting and the music and the live show. The whole point of the band isn't, Are we really brother and sister, are we husband and wife; whether we're really from the city or just pretending, or whether we liked sandboxes as kids or the monkey bars. more

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