(born John Anthony Gillis) is a Detroit born musician best know for his work in Garage Blues band The White Stripes
. He bounced around bands during the Garage Rock-Revival in the late '90's before forming the White Stripes with his then wife, Meg White (he took her last name). Before their eponymous debut was released, Jack and Meg divorced, but the band stayed together. The White Stripes officially disbanded in 2011 after having been inactive since 2009. In 2005, White formed a band called The Raconteurs with Brendan Benson and members of the Greenhornes. In 2009, he formed The Dead Weather
with Alison Mosshart (of the Kills and Discount fame). White released his first solo album Blunderbuss
in 2012, and his second Lazaretto
He married Karen Elson in 2005 and had two children together, but divorced in 2011.
He's known for his Hair-Trigger Temper
and his DIY ethic. He currently runs Third Man Records in Nashville, TN where he records, produces and distributes records for other artists.
Jack White provides examples of:
- Badass Beard: During the Get Behind Me Satan phase, he sported a devilish goatee.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Doing It for the Art: With his label Third Man, he frequently reissues old blues records and maintains a reel-to-reel recording studio.
- The vinyl release for his new album Lazaretto could be seen as a vinyl enthusiast's wet dream. He's also charging only $20 for it.
- Dream Team: Aside from his supergroups, he has also collaborated with Loretta Lynn, Danger Mouse, Norah Jones, all the way to bizarre musical collaborations with Stephen Colbert, among others.
- Messy Hair: It changes a lot, but he usually sports a unruly mop of jet-black curls. It gets ridiculous when he plays drums.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually between 1-6. Some early White Stripes or Dead Weather could be argued to hit a 7.
- Perpetual Frowner: It's somehow hard to get him to smile, even at baseball games.
- Retraux: His entire MO.
- The Cover Changes The Gender: Averted when he covers "Jolene" by Dolly Parton and "Bang Bang" by Nancy Sinatra.
- The Wonka
- Three Chords and the Truth: Despite being an accomplished and talented guitarist, White seems to prefer minimalism to intricacy. Many of his songs are based around simple power chord progressions.