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John Anthony White (born John Anthony Gillis, July 9, 1975) is a Detroit-born musician best known for his work in Garage Rock/Blues Rock 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 in 2014.

He married Karen Elson in 2005 and had two children together, but they divorced in 2011.

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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.


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  • Amicable Exes: With Meg White, the other half of The White Stripes, he went on to keep working with her for 11 years after the divorce.
  • Arc Number: 3, for reasons he refuses to disclose.
  • Badass Beard: During the Get Behind Me Satan phase, he sported a devilish goatee.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • invokedDoing 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 album Lazaretto could be seen as a vinyl enthusiast's wet dream. He's also charging only $20 for it.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Averted when he covers "Jolene" by Dolly Parton and "Bang Bang" by Nancy Sinatra.
  • 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.
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  • Foil: Completely unintentional but Jack White makes a darn good one against, appropriately enough, Jack Black.
  • Hipster: Fashion sense: Vintage. Preferred genres: Blues, Rhythm&Blues, Garage Rock, Experimental. Exclusivity: Dates back to when he was an upholsterer, and hid 100 copies of his first band's only single, "Makers of High-Grade Suites", in the furniture he was restoring. Now that he runs Third Man Records, he's taken it to a whole new level.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: An inverted example. He took Meg White's name when they got married, and kept it after they divorced.
  • 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.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Traits shared by both him and Meg White, perhaps helping to sell the conceit that they were brother and sister.
  • Retraux: His entire MO.
  • The Rival: He, the lead of The White Stripes, does not get along well with The Black Keys.
  • Serious Business: Admitted in an interview with Conan O'Brien that he takes upholstery "very seriously", due to having worked with it before taking up music full-time.
  • 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.

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