Jack White

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

9th July, 1975







Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis, 9.7.1975) Jack White is an American singer, guitarist and record producer.

Childhood: Jack White was born into a large family, in which he was the youngest of 10 siblings. His parents, Teresa and Gorman Gillis both worked for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. His mother was secretary to the Cardinal and his father was a maintenance man. Jack was an altar boy, like all of his brothers before him.

Aged five, Jack began to learn the drums. Although many of his classmates were into the hip-hop and electronica of surrounding Detroit neighbourhoods, at school, White was interested in the blues and 1960s rock.

At the age of 15, White embarked on an apprenticeship in the art of upholstery. He soon had his own business, named Third Man Upholstery, though business practices such as making out invoices in crayon and writing poetry in the furniture detracted from his potential profitability.

Musical Career: Jack formed The White Stripes with Meg White in 1997. The band released a number of independent singles and albums and Jack was invited to play guitar on The Go's 1999 album Whatcha Doin'. The White Stripes' debut, eponymous album was released in 1999 on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label. The album was produced by the renowned Detroit musician Jim Diamond. The album was followed by a split "7 single with local band The Dirtbombs called 'Hand Springs'.

The band's second album was entitled De Stijl and was recorded on an 8-track analogue recorder in Jack's house. In 2000, they released 'Party of Special Things to Do' on the Sub Pop label. The record was an EP of Captain Beefheart songs. In 2001, the band released White Blood Cells, again on Sympathy for the Record Industry. With songs such as 'Fell In Love With A Girl' getting picked up on by the British press, the album was re-released by V2 in Europe.

Elephant, the band's 2003 album was recorded at London's Toerag Studios by Liam Watson. The debut single from the album, 'Seven Nation Army' was the band's biggest hit to date.

There have been many rumours surrounding Jack's potential involvement in Electric Six's two biggest hits, 'Danger! High Voltage' and 'Gay Bar.'

In 2005, the White Stripes released their fifth album, Get Behind Me Satan. Following the release of the album, Jack White formed a new band, The Raconteurs, with Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. The Raconteurs' debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers was released in May 2006.

In November 2006, XL Recordings released a limited number of the album Aluminium, a collection of avant-garde recordings of Jack White's past work.

Icky Thump, The White Stripes' sixth album, was released in 2007 and peaked at number two on the UK albums chart.

In March 2008, The Raconteurs released their second album, Consolers of the Lonely

Film Appearances: Both Jack and Meg White featured in Coffee and Cigarettes, the 2003 film directed by Jim Jarmusch.

Jack White had a small role in the film Cold Mountain and contributed a number of songs to the film's soundtrack.

Personal Life: In December 2003, Jack White was arrested following a fight with the lead singer of The Von Bondies, Jason Stollsteimer, in Detroit. He was fined $750 and ordered to take anger management classes after being charged with misdemeanor and aggravated assault.

Jack White had a brief relationship with the actress Renée Zellweger, who he met whilst filming Cold Mountain.

In June 2005, Jack White married the model Karen Elson. Elson appeared in the music video for The White Stripes' 'Blue Orchid.' Meg White was maid of honour at the wedding. Jack and Karen had a daughter in 2006, named Scarlett Teresa White and a son, Henry Lee White was born in 2007.

It has been reported that Jack and Meg White were once married. The Detroit Free Press once printed a copy of their marriage license and subsequent divorce certificate. Neither Jack nor Meg are willing to discuss the details of their relationship in any depth.

Jack White Condemns Homophobic Incident At Show

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 07 November 2018

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White's gig in Edmonton, Canada last week saw two female fans told to stop kissing by a member of the venue's staff.

Jack White has reacted to a homophobic incident at one of his recent concerts, saying that he’s “really disappointed” that a venue in Canada told two female fans not to kiss each other during the show.

The former White Stripes frontman was performing at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada last Friday (November 2nd) when attendee Allyson MacIvor was asked by a member of the venue’s staff to stop kissing her friend, and apparently physically inserted himself between them. CBS reported this week that White was performing ‘Seven Nation Army’ when the incident took place.

“I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, ‘This is not allowed here’,” MacIvor recounted. “It was very violating and invasive. It’s not something I’d ever imagine experiencing, honestly.”

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Music News Round-Up: New Smashing Pumpkins, Jack White Film, Tom Hardy Rap Album

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 16 September 2018

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All the latest music news rounded up, including new Smashing Pumpkins music, Massive Attack re-issues and a possible Tom Hardy rap album!


After announcing the reunion of (most of) the band’s classic Nineties line-up earlier this year, Smashing Pumpkins will be releasing a new studio album by the end of 2018.

Billy Corgan, who rounded up Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha (but not D’Arcy Wretzky) for a wide-ranging Pumpkins reunion tour earlier this year, revealed that an album is on its way. Given a typically Corgan-esque turn of phrase for its title, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. will be released on November 16th.

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Jack White Previews Album With Three Intimate Shows

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 16 March 2018

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He'll perform in three different cities in tiny venues ahead of the release of 'Boarding House Reach'.

With the North American leg of his 'Boarding House Reach' tour set to begin this April, Jack White will be throwing in a set of three very intimate gigs beforehand in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and London. They'll be low-capacity venues, so tickets are expected to sell out fast.

Image caption Jack White performing live at Glastonbury

Jack will be performing ahead of the album's release at The Mayan in LA on March 20th, Warsaw in Brooklyn on March 23rd and The Garage in London on March 28th. The latter is by far the smallest venue on the list, with a capacity of just 600 concert-goers.

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Jack White Bans Phone Use From His 2018 Tour

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 26 January 2018

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Fans will have to lock away their devices for the whole show.

It might not find favour with all his fans, but Jack White has decided to propose a blanket ban on mobile phones for his forthcoming tour dates on order to enforce a more immersive and intimate experience. That means no recording, no photos and no social media.

Image caption Jack White performing at Glastonbury

Phones seem to be a bone of contention for a lot of musicians, with many no choosing to ban cell phones from their gigs for a variety of reasons. And it's not just phones that Jack White doesn't want to see during his performances, he wants all digital gadgets to be hidden away.

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Jack White's New Songs Are 'good Gardening' Tracks

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 02 November 2017

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Jack White's new songs are ''good gardening'' tracks.

Jack White's new songs are ''good gardening'' tracks.

The 42-year-old singer has admitted he has returned to the studio to record new music, which will follow 'Lazaretto' in 2014, and the star believes the new music is appropriate for people when they are outdoors or doing DIY.

He told Interview magazine: ''I've been recording in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. I've never recorded in New York or LA before. I tried to go to some new places and meet musicians I've never met before, and see if I could get to a new place.

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Bernard MacMahon Joins Jack White And More For Docu-Series 'Arena: American Epic'

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 10 May 2017

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'Arena: American Epic' unearths an old recording system from the 1920s.

Explore a long-forgotten part of the USA's musical history with the four-part BBC series 'Arena: American Epic' this Spring. It's an examination into the earliest days of country music and how they recorded it, and also features some very well-known faces from Jack White to Willie Nelson.

Image caption Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard pictured recording 'Old Fashioned Love'

It's the Roaring Twenties. Radio is becoming more and more popular, leaving listeners to abandon records for the free airwaves. So what were record companies to do? They decided to embark on a trip into rural America to hold talent competitions and capture smalltown musicians everywhere doing what they do best by recording them on now antiquated machines. This was the first taste of country music.

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Jack White Lands A Total Of Four 2017 Grammy Nominations

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 07 December 2016

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He'll also be honoured at the Producers & Engineers Wing.

Jack White could be adding another Grammy (or more) to his collection of twelve having been nominated in four different categories for next year's ceremony; three for his work on Beyonce's 'Lemonade' and another for his work on his solo compilation 'Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016'.

Image caption Jack White earns four Grammy nominations

White has had a total of 36 Grammy nominations over the course of his career, including solo ventures, work as a guest artist and projects with his bands The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. His wins include three prizes for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Song for Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army' and Best Rock Performance for his 2015 single 'Lazaretto'.

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Jack White Describes 'Incredibly Intense' Collaboration With Beyonce On 'Lemonade'

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 12 September 2016

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He featured on track three 'Don't Hurt Yourself'.

Jack White has finally opened up about his rather unexpected collaboration with Beyonce on her hit 'Lemonade' album. The former White Stripes frontman was listed as a producer, writer and guest vocalist on her song 'Don't Hurt Yourself', and he's only now spoken up about it.

Image caption Jack White featured on 'Don't Hurt Yourself'

Currently promoting his acoustic compilation album 'Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016', White spoke to NPR's radio show 'All Things Considered' about how Beyonce approached him to work with her on her scandalous surprise album 'Lemonade'.

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Jack White Will Release A New White Stripes Single

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 12 August 2016

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Jack White is set to release a new White Stripes single when he unveils his upcoming double acoustic EP next month.

Jack White is set to release a new White Stripes single.

The 41-year-old musician - who was formerly the lead singer of the White Stripes - has confirmed he will unveil his forthcoming double acoustic album called Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, which will feature 26 tracks, including a new song for his previous band on September 9.

White's forthcoming EP will combine music from his days with The Raconteurs as well as music from his solo albums.

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Patrick Carney Patches Things Up With Jack White Following Bar Fight Rumours

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 14 September 2015

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The Keys v Stripes rivalry was reported to have plumbed new depths on Sunday night.

A stormy altercation between two of America’s premier rock musicians has raged and blown itself out in the last 24 hours. Earlier today, the Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney alleged that former White Stripes frontman Jack White tried to start a fight with him in a New York bar on Sunday night (September 13th).

In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, the Keys sticksman wrote: “I’ve never met Jack White. Until last night.” He then alleges White visited to a bar Carney often frequents with friends and “tried to fight me.” Carney says, “A 40-year-old bully tried to fight the 35-year-old nerd,” then describing White as “basically Billy Corgan’s dumb-ass Zero t-shirt in human form.”

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Jack White - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Celebrity sightings and atmosphere - Day 3 - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Friday 27th June 2014

Jack White - Celebrities at The Merrion Hotel - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 26th June 2014

Jack White Tuesday 30th October 2012 is presented with the James Joyce Award by the Literary and Historical Society at University College Dublin

Jack White and Great White Friday 18th September 2009 'White Stripes: Under The Great White Northern Lights' - The 2009 Toronto International Film Festival - Press Conference Toronto, Canada

Jack White and White Stripes - Jack White of the White Stripes Los Angeles, California - 'It Might Get Loud' after party held at the Palomar Hotel Friday 19th June 2009