Jack White

Jack White

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Final Show Of Jack White's Acoustic Tour To Stream On Tidal


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The final show of Jack White’s five date acoustic tour will be streamed on Jay-Z’s Tidal platform, the singer has announced, with the performance remaining on the service as an on-demand feature. The show is White’s last gig before he takes a break from live performing.

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White will play Fargo, North Dakota's Fargo Theatre on Sunday evening (April 26th) at 8:30 p.m. local time. The gig marks the end of the Lazaretto singer’s five date acoustic tour which has also seen him visit Anchorage, Alaska; Boise, Idaho; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Kanye West Surprises Coachella And Crashes The Weeknd's Saturday Set


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Kanye West made a surprise appearance during The Weeknd’s Saturday night set at Coachella, helping singer Abel Tesfaye cover the rapper’s hit ‘Heartless’. The festival, which is known for always coming through with surprise performances, ends its two weekend run this Sunday with Drake closing the festivities with a headlining set.

Kanye WestKanye gave the Coachella crowd a treat on Saturday night when he performed with The Weeknd.

West had been rumoured to be making a surprise appearance during Drake’s set, but it appears the Yezzus rapper just couldn’t wait to surprise the Coachella crowd. Joining Tesfaye as he delivered a cappella cover of the rapper’s hit, West then launched into his own four song set.

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Jack White Is "Taking a Break" From Playing Live "For A Long Period"


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Jack White, one of the most tireless and talented live performers of his generation, has decided to take a break from the stage for "a long period of period." 

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According to a statement: "After many years of performing in a multitude of configurations, Jack White is announcing that he will be taking a break from performing live for a long period of time."

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Jack White Delivers An Eccentric New Song, 'That Black Bat Licorice' [Video]


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Jack White draws our attention to his manic new single 'That Black Bat Licorice', from his second solo album 'Lazaretto'; a US number one hit album upon release in June 2014. Alongside that, he unleashed a quirky interactive video.

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Jack White releases epic new song 'That Black Bat Licorice'

For his first single of the year, Jack White has taken us on a not entirely uncharacteristic journey of surrealism. It's the third single from 'Lazaretto' which, let's face it, hasn't won all its acclaim for being an album of generic rock. This is about as alternative as it gets and with 'That Black Bat Licorice', he takes it to extremes.

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Jack White Revealed As Mystery Bidder Who Bought Elvis' First Ever Recording


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Rock hero Jack White has bought the first ever record produced by Elvis Presley, it has been revealed. The former White Stripes frontman was unmasked as the mystery internet bidder who parted with $300,000 for the unique record back in January.

In a bizarre interview with Billboard, which involved the interviewer rendezvousing with “a mysterious man with a black suitcase and instructions to hurry to meet White three hours across the state in Nashville,” the singer opened the case to reveal the valuable disc.

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Jack White was the man behind the $300k auction bid of Elvis' first recording

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Jack White Slams Media Over Leaked Tour Rider, Especially Guacamole Recipe Debacle


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Jack White isn't impressed with the media's coverage of his leaked contract to perform at the University of Oklahoma, as well as his list of stipulations, known as a rider, as the 39-year-old has been criticised for "diva-ish" dressing room demands.

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White has targeted the media for reporting on his leaked rider

The talented musician has now released a very angry open letter targeting these reports, especially NPR for publishing an article about the request on his rider that demanded "one bowl of fresh homemade guacamole" with a guacamole recipe attached to it.

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Jack White Releases Open Letter Over Tour Rider's Guacamole Recipe Mockery


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Jack White fires back at journalists for attacking him on his recently published tour rider in a long open letter, after the media took aim for his guacamole specifications and apparent anti-banana front. When writers at the University of Oklahoma published an amended copy of the singer's tour rider in the student paper, people were quick to brand White a 'diva' over some of his rider requests.

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Jack White fights back

While most of the notions were fairly reasonable in terms of refreshments and meals, a specific guacamole was also included as well as a side note stating 'Please note: This is a no banana tour. (Seriously) We don't want to see bananas anywhere in the building'.

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Jack White In Row With University Of Oklahoma Over His Guacamole Love (Sort Of)


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In a story bizarre even by Jack White standards, the singer and his management company have been accused of blacklisting the University of Oklahoma from future tours, after they published the singer’s contract online. White had played a concert at the university on February the 2nd and reportedly called out the student newspaper for leaking his demands.

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Among the items on White’s contract was his $80,000 fee and a rider which included very specific instructions on how to prepare guacamole.

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From Steely Dan To Raekwon And Ghostface Killah: Who's Been Announced For Coachella 2015?


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It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.

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Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.

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Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Was The Biggest Selling Record In 'Year Of The Vinyl 2014'


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If we can thank hipsters for anything then maybe it’s the resurgence of vinyl, which had a record sales year in 2014, surpassing nine million units for the first time in over 20 years. Leading music lovers all the way to the record store was Jack White, whose album Lazaretto became the highest selling vinyl of the year.

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Since the beginning of the decade vinyl sales have increased by over 220 percent, as sales of physical albums continue to be on the decline. For the fourth year a row vinyl sales in the US hit record levels, surpassing even the seven million predicted sales numbers.

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Death to Digital: Vinyl Record Sales at Biggest for 18 Years


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More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. The resurgence of the format has led the Official Chart Company to confirm a soon-to-launch vinyl record chart.

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"In an era when we're all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic," said Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company.

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Jack White Cancels Mexican Tour Dates Following Death Of Keyboardist


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Rock icon Jack White has announced the cancellation of all of his remaining dates on the Mexican leg of his current tour following the death of one of his band members. Keyboardist Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla, aged 38. The cause of his death is yet to be established.

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Jack White is mourning the loss of one his bandmates, Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens

California-born Owens was a member of White’s backing band The Buzzards who had supported him live since 2012, when White’s first solo album Blunderbuss was being promoted. They were due to play two further dates in Guadalajara and Monterrey in support of Lazaretto, released earlier this year, but they have now been cancelled.

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Jack White Targets Rolling Stone In Lengthy Concert Rant


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Jack White may be one of the most talented solo acts today, but he certainly doesn't like his fellow performers nor one of the music's popular and respected magazines, Rolling Stone, which he has featured numerous times in.

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White blasted Rolling Stone during a recent Boston concert

During his solo concert at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday (Sept 17th), the White Stripes frontman slammed Rolling Stone for apparently publishing celebrity/tabloid stories and articles on its website.

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Jack White Said WHAT About The Foo Fighters?


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Jack White, the former White Stripes guitarist who has appeared twice on the cover of Rolling Stone, ripped into the magazine's website during a rant at Boston's Fenway Park on Wednesday night (September 17, 2014). Among his other targets were Foo Fighters and Jann Wenner.

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First up was Dave Grohl and his merry men who were chided for allegedly having a "a second guitar player play the same guitar parts in case [they] make a mistake."

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Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Celebrity sightings and atmosphere - Day 3

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

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