Jack White


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
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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 - That Black Bat Licorice (Animated Version)

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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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

9 years 3 months ago
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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 3 months 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

9 years 2 weeks ago
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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 11 months ago
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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.

5 years 8 months ago
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