Jack White Spreading The Blues
This month, White's label begin releasing out-of-print selections from Document's mammoth back catalog of 1920s and 1930s Mississippi delta blues – what they both call "vital, breathtaking recordings; the building blocks and DNA of American culture. Blues, gospel, R&B, soul, Elvis, teenagerism and punk rock." It's all being released on vinyl.
White recalls that his peers in his Detroit neighborhood listened to chart music and the grunge/rap music of the early '90s. The future White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather musician grew up in a house with six older brothers and three older sisters, and was subjected to country music and rock'n'roll.
He continues, "I could learn so much about songwriting and the blues from those records. So I did whatever I could to get hold of that stuff."
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