Posted by: hmillic | September 19, 2007

13 Things I Bet You Don’t Know About the White Stripes

I was randomly wandering around Wikipedia, and found the entry about Jack White and the White Stripes. They have a pretty interesting story!

1. Jack White was born John Anthony Gillis, the youngest of TEN children.

2. His father and mother worked for the Archdiocese of Detroit. He became an alter boy like his six brothers, which led to his uncredited role in 1987’s The Rosary Murders.

3. He was accepted to seminary school and would have become a priest, but changed his mind at the last minute because he wouldn’t be able to play music there.

4. At fifteen, 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.

5. He met Meg White in 1994, and they were married two years later. He took Meg’s last name. Random.

6. After Meg started playing the drums in 1997, they formed The White Stripes. Despite the fact that they were married, they presented themselves at concerts as siblings.  Creepy.

7. The couple divorced in 2000 before they became nationally famous, but the band survived.

8. The band rose to international stardom in 2001 when  British DJ John Peel raved of the band on his radio show. They became a sensation in the UK, and this fame soon crossed over to the US.

9. Jack White has an obsession with the number three and all that it represents.  His love for “three” started when he was an upholstery apprentice and noticed that three staples were holding the fabric to the side of the furniture.

10. The band (when on official duty) dresses only in red, white, and black, which Jack believes are the “the most powerful color combination of all time, from a Coca-Cola can to a Nazi banner.”

11. Jack married model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon River in Brazil. Meg was the maid of honor.

12. 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.”

13. Jack is a good friend of the singer Beck. White played bass on the song “Go It Alone” from the Beck album Guero. Beck, a friend of White’s, appeared in the White Stripes video for “The Hardest Button to Button.”


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