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Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis; July 9, 1975), often credited as Jack White III, is an American musician, record producer, and occasional actor, best known as the guitarist, pianist, and lead vocalist for The White Stripes.

During the 1990s, White was a part-time musician in various underground bands in Detroitmarker, while working by day as an upholsterer. White formed The White Stripes in 1997 with his ex-wife Meg White. The band went on to have a string of critically acclaimed albums, with their third, White Blood Cells, catapulting them to international stardom. He was ranked #17 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[ 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time] White's popular and critical success with The White Stripes enabled him to collaborate as a solo artist with other renowned musicians, such as [[Beck]], [[The Rolling Stones]], [[Jeff Beck]], Retrieved 28-05-2009 [[Alicia Keys]], [[Bob Dylan]] and [[Loretta Lynn]], whose 2004 album ''[[Van Lear Rose]]'' he produced and performed on. In 2005, White became a founding member of the rock band [[The Raconteurs]]. In 2009, he became a founding member of his third group, [[The Dead Weather]].{{cite web|url=|title=Jack White’s new band: The Dead Weather|accessdate=July 23, 2009|date=July 21, 2009|publisher=[[idiomag]]}} == Childhood and early life == Of Scottish-Canadian and Polish descent,"[ Roots, childhood fantasies spark cross-Canada White Stripes tour]". [[]] (May 2, 2007). retrieved on January 17, 2009. White, the youngest of ten children (seven sons, three daughters), was born in [[Detroit]], [[Michigan]], the son of Teresa and Gorman Gillis. His father and mother worked for the [[Archdiocese of Detroit]], as the maintenance man and the Cardinal's secretary, respectively. White eventually became an [[altar boy]], which landed him an uncredited role in the 1987 movie ''[[The Rosary Murders]]'', filmed mainly at Holy Redeemer parish in southwest Detroit. Fricke, David (September 8, 2005), [ "White on White"]. ''Rolling Stone''. (982): 66–72 As a child he was a fan of classical music. Sullivan, Denise (2004). ''[ The White Stripes: Sweethearts of the Blues]. '' Google Print Retrieved on June 1, 2006 Jack White began playing instruments (a drum) at the age of five.Scaggs, Austin (May 1, 2003), "[ asp&site=ehost-live Jack White]". ''Rolling Stone''. (921):16 White grew up in a lower middle-class neighborhood in southwest Detroit. His musical preferences were not those of his classmates, who listened to [[electronica]] and [[hip hop music|hip hop]]. White, as a teenager, was already listening to the [[blues music|blues]] and 1960s rock that would influence him in The White Stripes, [[Son House]] and [[Blind Willie McTell]] being among his favorite blues musicians. He and his childhood friend, Dominic Suchyta, would listen to records in White's attic on weekends and began to record cover songs on an old [[Multitrack recording|4-track]] [[reel to reel]]. At the time White was described as "a kid with short hair and braces". He has said in many interviews that [[Son House]]'s "Grinnin In Your Face" to be his favorite song of all time.Staff writer (2006). [ "The White Stripes Biography"] Retrieved on June 8, 2006 In 2005 on ''[[60 Minutes]]'', White told [[Mike Wallace (journalist)|Mike Wallace]] that his life could have turned out differently. "I'd got accepted to a seminary in [[Wisconsin]], and I was gonna become a priest, but at the last second I thought, 'I’ll just go to public school... I had just gotten a new amplifier in my bedroom, and I didn’t think I was allowed to take it with me."Wallace, Mike (2005). [ "Choosing Music Over Religion"]. ''CBS News'' Retrieved on January 24, 2006 At 15, White began a three-year [[upholstery]] [[apprenticeship]] with a family friend, Brian Muldoon. After working in various shops, White started a one-man business of his own, called Third Man Upholstery. The slogan of his business was "Your Furniture's Not Dead" and the color scheme was yellow and black — including a yellow van, a yellow and black uniform and a yellow clipboard. While Third Man Upholstery never lacked business, White claims that it was not profitable, due to his complacency about money and his business practices that were perceived as unprofessional, including making bills out in [[crayon]] and writing poetry inside the la Manzana, Tobias (2003). [ "Jack White: Your Furniture is not Dead"] ''The Believer'' Retrieved on April 12, 2006 Shortly thereafter, White landed his first professional gig as the drummer for the Detroit band [[Goober & the Peas]]. He also played in other local bands and also did solo shows. One memorable show circa 1994 was an opening slot for the band nova ovens at a coffee shop by the name of Planet Ant in Hamtramck. During this show he played a Silvertone Amp-in-Case Guitar and stomping out the rhythm on the small wooden stage. == Recording career == === The White Stripes === {{Main|The White Stripes}} [[Image:Jack & Meg, The White Stripes.jpg|thumb|left|200px|At the [[O2 Wireless Festival]] in 2007]] White formed The White Stripes along with [[Meg White]] in 1997.{{cite web |url=|title= The White Stripes: Biography|accessdate= May 23, 2008|author= |last= Handyside|first= Chris|authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |work=|publisher= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= }} The band began its career as part of the Michigan [[garage rock]] [[underground music]] scene, playing with local bands such as [[Bantam Rooster]], [[The Dirtbombs]], The Paybacks, Rocket 455, and The Henchmen, among others. In 1998, The White Stripes were signed to [[Italy Records]], a small and [[Independent record label|independent]] Detroit-based garage [[punk rock|punk]] label, by Dave Buick.{{cite web |url=|title= Motor City Is Burning|accessdate= August 26, 2008|author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |work=|publisher= |doi= |archiveurl=|archivedate= November 22, 2006|quote= }} The band released its [[The White Stripes (album)|self-titled debut album]] in 1999, and a year later the album was followed up by the cult classic{{cite web |url=|title= White Stripes - De Stijl|accessdate= August 26, 2008|author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |work=|publisher= |doi= |archiveurl=|archivedate= November 20, 2007|quote= }} ''[[De Stijl (album)|De Stijl]]''. The album eventually peaked at #38 in ''[[Billboard Magazine]]'''s [[Top Independent Albums]] when the band had established their popularity. In 2001 the band released ''[[White Blood Cells (album)|White Blood Cells]]''. The album's stripped-down garage rock sound drew critical acclaim in the UK and soon afterward in the US, making The White Stripes one of the more acclaimed bands of 2002. The album was followed up in 2003 by the commercially.{{cite web | title=BPI | work=[[British Phonographic Industry]] | url= | accessdate=January 17, 2008}}[ RIAA] ''[[Recording Industry Association of America]]''. and critically successful{{cite web|url= |title=Elephant: White Stripes - Review |publisher=Rolling Stone |author=Fricke, David |date=March 25, 2003|accessdate=August 30, 2008}}{{cite web|url= |title=The White Stripes: Elephant (2003): Reviews | |date= |accessdate=August 30, 2008}} ''[[Elephant (album)|Elephant]]''. [[Allmusic]] wrote that the album "sounds even more pissed-off, paranoid and stunning than its predecessor ... darker and more difficult than ''White Blood Cells''. "{{cite web|url= |title=Elephant - Review |publisher=Allmusic |author=Phares, Heather |accessdate=August 30, 2008}} The album's first single, "[[Seven Nation Army]], " is the band's most successful to date. The band's fifth album, ''[[Get Behind Me Satan]]'', was recorded in White's own home and marked a change in the band's musical direction, with [[piano]]-driven melodies and experimentation with [[marimba]] and a more [[rhythm guitar|rhythm]] based guitar playing by White. The band also released ''[[Aluminium (album)|Aluminium]]'', an [[avant-garde]] orchestral album containing past music written by White. The band's sixth album, ''[[Icky Thump]]'', released in 2007, entered the [[UK Albums Chart]] at number one[ "The White Stripes - Icky Thump global chart positions and trajectories"]. aCharts. us. Retrieved June 30, 2007. and debuted at number two on the ''[[Billboard 200]]''. The album's sound also included more [[punk rock|punk]], [[garage rock|garage]] and [[blues music|blues]] influences than its predecessor. In late 2007, the band announced the cancellation of 18 tour dates due to Meg White's acute [[Anxiety disorder|anxiety]] problems.{{cite web|url= |title=The White Stripes cancel UK tour |publisher=BBC News |date=September 13, 2007 |accessdate=August 30, 2008}} White has revealed plans to release a seventh, as of yet untitled album in the summer of 2009.[ "Meg White Surprises With Raconteurs In Detroit"][[]]. Retrieved on June 9, 2008. The band also made their first live appearance since Meg's anxiety problems in September 2007 on the final episode of ''[[Late Night with Conan O'Brien]]'' on February 20, 2009. A documentary, ''The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights'', about the band's 2007 tour, in which they played a gig in every Canadian province and territory, is expected to close the 2009 [[Toronto International Film Festival]]. In July 2007, The White Stripes made history by playing the shortest concert ever by only playing one note, in [[St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador|St John's, Newfoundland]]. They played a full show later that night at the [[Mile One Centre]] in downtown St. John's.{{cite news |title=And on that note, the White Stripes tour is over |publisher=CBC News |date=July 17, 2007 |accessdate=December 13, 2007 |url= }} It was rumored that in 2003 White collaborated on [[Electric Six]]'s song "[[Danger! High Voltage]]".Laurence, Alexander (2003). [ "Electric Six Interview"] ''Free Williamsburg'' Retrieved on May 17, 2006 Both he and the Electric Six denied this, and the vocal work was credited officially to John S O'Leary.''Collective'' editor (2002). [ "Detroit funk-rock to set the disco on fire"] BBC. co. uk Retrieved on May 17, 2006 However, a recent radio interview with [[Tim Shaw (presenter)|Tim Shaw]] on [[Kerrang! 105.2]] in the UK had Electric Six lead singer [[Dick Valentine]] talking openly about White singing on this song as well as speculating on the amount of money he was paid ($60,000). {{Citation needed|date=October 2009}} Also, a ''[[Q (magazine)|Q]]'' magazine article stated that Jack White did in fact work with Electric Six on the song "Gay Bar". {{Citation needed|date=October 2009}} [[Image:Raconteurs, Stockholm.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Brendan Benson and Jack White]] === The Raconteurs === {{Main|The Raconteurs}} White formed The Raconteurs in 2005 along with [[Brendan Benson]], [[Jack Lawrence (bassist)|Jack Lawrence]] and [[Patrick Keeler]]. The origin of the band was the song '[[Steady, As She Goes]]' which White wrote along with Benson. This inspired them to create a full band with the addition of Lawrence and Keeler. The band came together in [[Detroit, Michigan|Detroit]] during 2005 and, for the remainder of the year, recorded when time allowed. The band's debut album ''[[Broken Boy Soldiers]]'' was recorded at Benson's home in [[Detroit]]. The band set out on tour to support the album, including eight dates as the opening act for [[Bob Dylan]]. The band released its second album, ''[[Consolers of the Lonely]]'' and its first single "[[Salute Your Solution]]" simultaneously in 2008. The tour included shows at Lollapallooza at Grant Park in Chicago, the [[Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival]], the [[New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival]], [[Bonnaroo Music Festival]],Sisario, Ben (February 6, 2008), "Metallica And Pearl Jam and Kanye West and". ''New York Times''. :2 [[Austin City Limits Music Festival]], [[T in the Park]] in Scotland, [[Oxegen]] festival in Ireland and The [[Open'er Festival]] in Poland. The album received a [[Grammy]] nomination for [[Best Rock Album]]. === The Dead Weather === {{Main|The Dead Weather}} [[Image:The Dead Weather Glastonbury 2009-1.jpg|right|thumb|Jack White and Alison Mosshart performing live with The Dead Weather at the [[Glastonbury Festival]], June 26, 2009.]] In early 2009, Jack White formed a new group called [[The Dead Weather]] with [[The Kills]] frontwoman [[Alison Mosshart]]. White takes drum and vocal duties, while [[The Raconteurs]] bassist [[Jack Lawrence (bassist)|Jack Lawrence]] and [[Queens of the Stone Age]] guitarist Dean Fertita round the four piece out. The group debuted a handful of new tracks on March 11, 2009 in Nashville from their debut album "[[Horehound (album)|Horehound]], " due July 13, 2009 in Europe and July 14, 2009 in North America, on White's [[Third Man Records]] label. === Solo career === In 2008, White collaborated with [[Alicia Keys]] on the song "[[Another Way to Die]]", the theme song for the [[James Bond]] film ''[[Quantum of Solace]]''. In 2009 Jack White was featured in "[[It Might Get Loud]]", a film in which he, [[Jimmy Page]], and [[The Edge]] come together to discuss the electric guitar and each artists' unique playing methods. White's first solo single, "Fly Farm Blues" was written and recorded in ten minutes during the filming of the movie, in August 2009. The single went on sale as a 7-inch vinyl record from [[Third Man Records]] and as a digital single available through [[iTunes]] on August 11.[] ''NME'' Retrieved on August 6, 2009 [ Fly Farm Blues Songfacts] He also made music for "[[Cold Mountain]]". == Musical equipment and sound == Jack White uses numerous effects to create his live sound, most notably a [[Digitech Whammy|Digitech Whammy WH-1]] to create the rapid modulations in pitch he uses in his solos.Ratliff, Ben (2003). [ "ROCK REVIEW: Contradictory and Proud of It"]''[[The New York Times]]'' Retrieved on May 2, 2006 The guitars he uses live are two 1965 [[JB Hutto Montgomery Airline]]s (one which he received from a fan), [[Scaggs, Austin]] (January 22, 2004), "Fan Gives Jack White the Ax". ''Rolling Stone'' (940):20, a three pickup Airline Town & Country, a [[Harmony Company|Harmony]] Rocket, a 1970s-era Crestwood Astral II, 1950s-era [[Kay Musical Instrument Company|Kay]] Hollowbody, a [[Gretsch]] White Penguin(as seen in the music video for ''[[Icky Thump (song)|Icky Thump]]''), and a custom Gretsch Rancher Falcon acoustic guitar. When playing with the Raconteurs, White usually plays two custom Gretsch-styled copies of the Duo Jet double-cutaway guitar, one of which, dubbed the Triple Jet, is his main guitar that is made of copper and features a Gretsch logo from 1912. For their first tour, Jack also played Gretsch Anniversary Jr. w/ Bigsby with three Filtertron pickups. He also uses a Gretsch Rancher acoustic guitar and he now uses a custom Gretsch Anniversary Jr. with two cutaways, a built-in retractable microphone, and a [[theremin]] next to the Bigsby. Jack has dubbed this one the "Triple Green Machine". Also, he plays occasionally with his Gretsch Rancher, a Gibson J-160E. Also, he plays a Gretsch Duo Jet in Cadillac Green. Recently, he has featured his latest Gretsch, a custom white [[Billy Gibbons]]/[[Bo Diddley]] signature [[Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird]] in the music video for "Another Way to Die", this guitar is also used on his concerts with [[The Dead Weather]]. He has also been known to play a variety of [[Fender Telecasters]], featuring one in the music video for Loretta Lynn's "Portland, Oregon. " In concert with an MXR Micro-Amp and custom Electro-Harmonix [[Big Muff]] Distortion/Sustainer, White can produce a very distinctive sound. In 2005, for the single "Blue Orchid", White employed the use of a new [[Electro-Harmonix]] creation, the Polyphonic Octave Generator (POG). Similar to (but more versatile than) the Whammy IV, the POG lets the user mix in several octave effects into one along with the dry signal. He also has three Zvex Tremolo Probes, that are hand painted black. All of the pedals that he uses live have been professionally painted red to match his red/black/white color scheme (with the exception of his Whammy and the other pedals that are already red). He plugs this setup into a 1970s [[Fender Twin Reverb]] and two 100-Watt Sears [[Silvertone (instruments)|Silvertone]] 6x10 combo amplifiers.[ "White Stripes Equipment/Technique"] ''Broken Bricks'' Retrieved on May 2, 2006 With the Raconteurs, he has many more unusual pedals. And also, for the Raconteurs' 2008 tour, he had all of his pedals copper plated by Analogman. White also produces a "fake" bass tone by playing the Kay Hollowbody and JB Hutto Montgomery Airline guitars through a Whammy IV set to one octave down for a very thick, low, rumbling sound, which he uses most notably on the songs "[[Seven Nation Army]]" and "[[The Hardest Button to Button]]" during live performances.[ ''Seven Nation Army'' tablature and notes]. ''Broken Bricks'' Retrieved on May 2, 2006 On occasion, White also plays other instruments, such as a Black Gibson F-4 [[mandolin]] ("Little Ghost"), [[piano]] (on most tracks from ''[[Get Behind Me Satan]]'', and various others), an [[electric piano]] on such tracks as "The Air Near My Fingers" and "I'm Finding it Harder to be a Gentleman", and finally the Moog [[Little Phatty]] on tracks like [[Icky Thump (song)|Icky Thump]]. White also plays [[percussion instruments]] such as the [[marimba]] (as on "The Nurse"), [[Drum kit|drums]] and [[tambourine]]. On ''Broken Boy Soldiers'', he is credited as playing the album's [[synth]]s and [[organ (music)|organ]]; however, bandmate [[Brendan Benson]] also received credit for these instruments and it is unclear who played on which song. White plays power chords with a different technique than most musicians. Instead of using his ring finger to fret the higher notes, Jack uses his little finger. This is because of a car accident in which his left index finger was injured and also the fact that his brothers would never teach him the proper way to do so, which he explains in an appearance with the Raconteurs on the show ''[[In The Attic (webcast)|In the Attic]]''. == Personal life == [[File:Meg White.jpg|thumb|Drummer [[Meg White]] is Jack White's ex-wife.[ "White Stripes Marriage License"] Glorious Noise Retrieved December 11, 2007]] White gives few interviews and reveals few details of his private life. He states that he does not consider it relevant to his art, saying "It's the same thing as asking [[Michelangelo]], 'What kind of shoes do you wear?'...In the end, it doesn't really matter ... the only thing that's going to be left is our records and photos."Brian [ "The Unofficial White Stripes FAQ Version 6"]. Retrieved on April 12, 2006 A topic of intrigue has been the actual relationship between Jack and Meg White. In early interviews, the pair presented themselves as siblings, two of ten. [[The Flaming Lips]] touch on this in their song "Thank You Jack White (for the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)" released on their 2003 EP ''[[Fight Test]]''.Hochman, Steve (March 16, 2003). "Pop Music; Pop Eye; Dave Matthews remix is reloaded for 'Matrix'" [[volume unknown]]: E.55 However, the ''[[Detroit Free Press]]'' produced copies of both a marriage license and divorce certificate, confirming Jack and Meg's history as a married couple.Glorious Noise staff (2003). [ "White Stripes [sic] Divorce Certificate"]. Glorious Noise Retrieved on April 12, 2006 Neither addresses the truth officially and over time, they have become less verbal about the origins of their relationship. Jack White has said, though, that siblings are "mated for life", and thus such relationships distract less from the music.

In the early 1990s, Meg White worked as a bartender at Memphis Smoke, a bar in downtown Royal Oakmarker (a Detroitmarker suburb), where she first met musician/songwriter John Anthony "Jack" Gillis. They were married on September 21, 1996 and were divorced on March 24, 2000. In his characteristically unorthodox fashion, Gillis took her last name.

White is often called eccentric. For instance, he has an obsession with the number three. On November 7, 2005, it was widely reported that White had changed his name to "Three Quid" (quid is British slang for pound sterling). However, most reports indicated that this would only last until the end of the tour.

On December 13, 2003, White was involved in an altercation with Jason Stollsteimer (lead singer of The Von Bondies) at the Magic Stick, a Detroit club. White was charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of assault and battery, and was fined $750 (including court costs), and was sentenced to take anger management classes.

In 2003, White made his acting debut in Mutant Swinger from Mars, and had a brief but highly publicized romantic relationship with actress Renée Zellweger, whom he met during the filming of Cold Mountain. That summer, the couple were in a car accident in which White broke his left index finger and was forced to reschedule much of the summer tour. He posted the footage of his finger surgery on the web for fans. White and Zellweger's breakup became public in December 2004.

White met British model Karen Elson (twin sister of Kate Elson) when she appeared in The White Stripes music video for "Blue Orchid". The video's director, Floria Sigismondi, noted "you sensed an energy between them". They married on June 1, 2005 in Manaus, Brazilmarker. The wedding took place in a canoe on the Amazon River and was officiated by a shaman. A Roman Catholic priest later blessed the ceremony. Manager Ian Montone was the best man and Meg White was the maid of honor. Official wedding announcements stated that "it was the first marriage" for both. On May 2, 2006, the couple had a daughter, Scarlett Teresa White. Their second child, Henry Lee White, was born on August 7, 2007. In the announcement, White's publicist confirmed that the children's last name was White, not Gillis. The surname caused a minor stir among fans and in the media; considering the origin of the White name is Jack's first wife/ex-wife The White family all reside in Nashvillemarker, Tennesseemarker. where Elson manages vintage clothes store Venus & Mars.

In 2006, it was revealed in the Sunday Times Rich List that White and his British wife Elson had a joint fortune of at least £20 million (US$37 million). This ranked them at seventh place in the list of entertainers under age 30 who were born or live in the United Kingdom, ahead of the likes of Orlando Bloom and Kate Winslet.

The White Stripes dress only in red, white, and black.

Solo discography

As musician

As producer


Further reading



  1. CD liner notes: Grammy Nominees 2008
  2. "White Stripes Divorce Certificate" Glorious Noise Retrieved December 11, 2007
  3. Smytek, John (2006). "Do they make striped Pampers?" The Detroit Free Press (accessed May 4, 2006)
  4. Grossberg, Josh (August 7, 2007). "Jack White's Little Stripe" Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  5. Sullivan, James (October 12, 2004) "#6: Rock's Wildest Myths — White Striped Siblings" Retrieved November 2, 2007
  6. Brown, David (June 5, 2005). "Get Behind Me Satan (2005)" Retrieved November 2, 2007
  7. Frampton, Scott (July 2007), asp&site=ehost-live "Jack & Meg White". Esquire. 148 (1): p118-119
  8. Jenkin, Eve (2005). "Jack White Changes Name Whilst Band Releases New EP" Undercover. com Retrieved on November 7, 2005
  9. (2005). "Jack White changes his name" NME. com Retrieved on November 7, 2005
  10. The Chad (2005). "My Name Is...Three Quid" MTV Retrieved on November 7, 2005
  11. No byline (March 11, 2004), "VON BONDIES SPEAK OUT OVER JACK WHITE COURT CASE" Retrieved November 28, 2007
  12. Devenish, Colin; Swanson, David; Tsang, Teri. (August 7, 2003), "IN THE NEWS". Rolling Stone (928):22
  13. Miller, Kirk (September 4, 2003). "White Under the Knife". Rolling Stone (930):48
  14. White-Out for Renee - MSN Movies News
  15. Surreal Thing: A Peek Inside The Ethereal World of Floria Sigismondi
  16. staff (2005). "06.02.05" Retrieved on June 1, 2006
  17. Huhn, Mary (2006). "Time to Get Saved by Song" The New York Post Retrieved on May 5, 2006
  18. AP (August 8, 2007). "White Stripes' couple welcome baby boy" Retrieved September 11, 2007.
  19. AP (August 8, 2007). "Jack White and Karen Elson welcome second child" Retrieved September 11, 2007
  20. People correspondent (August 8, 2007). ",,20050539,00.html" Retrieved September 11, 2007
  21. Flippo, Chet. CMT: News: NASHVILLE SKYLINE: When Country Goes Pop, April 6, 2006, last accessed November 7, 2008.
  22. "Karen Elson's Otherworldly Boutique Opens In Nashville, " Black Book magazine (2008)
  23. Venus & Mars - The Showroom
  24. NME staff writer (2006). "Coldplay make the rich list" Retrieved on April 30, 2006
  25. Hay, Carla (April 27, 2002). "White Stripes' Garage Rock Goes Pop". Billboard. 114 (17):80

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