Jack White

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Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis, 9.7.1975)

Jack White is an American singer, guitarist and record producer.

Jack White: 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.

Jack White: 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

Jack White: 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.

Jack White: 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.

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29th August 2014 -

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The lyric video for Jack White's country music song, 'I'm Down' has received a lyric video. The song has been recorded as part of Beck's recording of the previously 'sheet music only' release. The album...

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19th June 2014 -

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10th June 2014 -

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Jack White's latest solo album Lazaretto is now available to buy, after having streamed in full via iTunes. Named after a hospital or ship that quarantines people affected with contagious diseases, the album's title could...

Jack White - Lazaretto Album Review

9th June 2014 -

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Modern music legend Jack White is back with his second solo album 'Lazaretto', following up 2012's 'Blunderbuss'. The former White Stripes main man has spent pretty much all of his career freshening up old style...

Jack White - Lazaretto

5th June 2014 -

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Jack White premiers the video for 'Lazaretto'; the eponymous track from his forthcoming new album which is due for release on June 9th 2014 through Third Man and Columbia records. The track's b-side is a...

Jack White Offers Apology To Black Keys, Amy Winehouse, Adele And Many Others

2nd June 2014 -

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Jack White seems to be regretting criticisms he made to other singers in the current Rolling Stone cover story. The 38 year-old musician insulted The Black Keys, a whole list of female performers and stated...

Jack White Apologises For Black Keys & Meg White Rolling Stone Comments

1st June 2014 -

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Jack White, the former frontman of The White Stripes, has apologised for the seemingly insensitive comments he made in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. White is the cover of June's Rolling Stone magazine and...

Jack White - Lazaretto Single Review

23rd May 2014 -

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Jack White Holds World Record for World's Fastest Record Release

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Jack White came in well ahead of schedule in his plan to record the world's fastest music release. According to the singer and guitarist's Third Man Records, White managed to record, press, assemble and sell...

Jack White Breaks A World Record With Lazaretto Record

20th April 2014 -

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Adding to his list of accomplishments, Jack White now holds the record for the 'world’s fastest record release.' White recorded, pressed and released the single ‘Lazaretto’ in just under four hours yesterday as part of...

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4th April 2014 -

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Nice Work, 'Noah': Darren Aronofsky's latest epic, Noah, was released last weekend and managed to triumph at its debut box office with $44 million, despite all the negative publicity regarding religious condemnation and middling reviews....

Glastonbury Line-Up Confirmed: Elbow, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Jack White...And Who Else?

4th April 2014 -

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After months of speculation, the official line-up has been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th June this year. The festival tweeted this year's snazzy line-up...

Jack White Releases First Track From New Album, 'Lazaretto' [Video]

2nd April 2014 -

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Jack White has released the first track from his upcoming second solo album, Lazaretto, which will be released this June. The instrumental new song, titled 'High Ball Stepper,' is undeniably Jack White in its screeching...

New Jack White Album on The Way: Lazaretto Arriving on June 9/10

1st April 2014 -

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Jack White – former half of White Stripes and member of both Dead Weather and The Raconteurs - plans to release a new solo album called “Lazaretto” on June 10 as the follow-up to his...

Kanye, Elton, Jack and Lionel: Say Hello To Bonnaroo Festival's Line-Up 2014

20th February 2014 -

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The line-up for this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has been announced and looks to be more impressive than ever with Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Jack White and Vampire Weekend all gracing...

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28th January 2014 -

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The aftermath of this year's Grammy Awards on Sunday was filled with talk about Beyoncé and Jay Z's sexually-charged 'Drunk In Love' performance, Madonna's mass marriage, Taylor Swift's surprised face and the rock-tastic finale show....

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6th August 2013 -

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Jack White has presented a rebuttal filing against his wife's, which implies the White Stripes Frontman is violent and unable to care for their two children.Karen Elson and Jack White at 'The Model As Muse:...

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2nd August 2013 -

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Karen Elson, Jack White's ex-wife, has filed a restraining order against The Raconteurs singer after claiming he is a threat to safety. Elson, a model and musician, sent emails to a judge saying that because...

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2nd August 2013 -

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Karen Elson, Jack White’s estranged wife, has filed a restraining order against the White Stripes musician. According to the documents, Elson claimed that White had been harassing her with a series of profanity-laden emails, as...

Jack White's Wife, Model Karen Elson, Obtains Restraining Order

2nd August 2013 -

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Jack White's estranged wife has obtained a restraining order against the White Stripes frontman. Karen Elson, obtained the order in Tennessee, after claiming White had a violent temper. Elson was forced into taking this action...

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5th June 2013 -

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Detroit venue The Masonic Temple was helped out of a tax pickle recently when an anonymous donor paid off its entire $142,000 balance in tax, saving it from closure. So who was that mystery man?...

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8th February 2013 -

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Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'. Celebrating the best in pop, hiphop, soul, R&B and much...

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Dani White

Hey, I am a 17 year old boy from the cold Norway. I will just say that Jack is my idol, i not kidding, i have the same hair due and walk in the same clothes (almoust hehe) as he. and when i get enough money i am gonna order i brand new Eastwood Airline p2 guitar. i have playd guitar since 2000.. one of my iggest dreams is to meet jack, bot on my dream list number 2 is to get jack whites personal email adress, (if he has one) well ceep rocking jackie, and good luck with you baby.. your friend 4 ever Dani The Grim Reaper

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little ghost ri

I love the white stripes music,I have become addicted to the music.The only other band that i can say I love all there music is led zepplin.All there music is different and is meaningful,Jack and Meg are fantastic together.They will never be a one hit wondertheres just too much talent in both of them.I seen them in providence ri and I just fell in love with the music even more.all I listen to is the stripes.I work at women and infants hospital in providence r.i.in the lab and theres a stripes following inthe lab.Its unbelievable,we sit and talk and exchange music.We Love you in rhode island.

9 years 6 days ago
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De Stijl

i love The White Stripes i like them so much that when i had braces i had to have them red and white ive got all their albums and who wouldn't. I can't believe Billy Childish saying that he has a better moustache come on he looks like Adolf Hitler he needs to get a life just because Jack has one doesn't mean anyone can critisize him. Im definately going to buy The Raconteurs album on May 16th i love the video to Steady As She Goes its funny with the cows well i went a little off the subject with the whole Raconteurs thing but anyway i love the white stripes they got me into drumming they are my idols. I seem to be the only one in my school who likes them but im very happy to represent them at school lol

8 years 9 months ago
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filly.blue

I only found one of their albums 2 years ago when i was looking through the hundreds of cd's we got. I played seven nation army and thought how could I not have known about them lolTHe more I heard the more i liked them and i even use their music to train horses I found out that they came to New Zealand about 3 days befor i found that cd and I was soooooooooo pissed off and they havn't come back since :(I went to america last september and we drove to texas and we pretty much went strait past tennisee but we didn't have time to go to nashville by the looks of things i wont be able to get to see them live:(

6 years 8 months ago
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mary7117

I am a 64 yr. old great grandma, but Im a rocker and I know a genius when I hear one. Jack and Meg got my heart and soul. I cant get enough of them.It seems Jack can do anything, rock, coutry, blues. folk, movie soundtracts and its ALL good.Best lyrics ever. Love the fact that Jack and Meg are are so close. Marriage ruins a lot of friendships lol You can see the total respect they have for each other.I hope they have love and happiness all thier life.I would love to see them live. I saw Paul Mcrtney twice and the only band that is worth that much a ticket would be White Stripes. My kids and thier kids love them too.

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