The life and times of Jack White

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We are all excited to see Jack White live when he comes to visit the UK on his Lazaretto tour. So we took a look at the making of a rock ‘n’ roll legend.

July 09, 1975 born in Detroit, the youngest of ten siblings, he began playing drums at an early age and took inspiration from the world-weary blues of Son House and Blind Willie McTell.

In the early 90’s, after launching his own upholstery business in Detroit, White began to infiltrate the city’s music scene as the drummer for Goober & the Peas, a local cowpunk band that split in 1995.

While continuing to play drums for other groups, he crossed paths with a bartender named Meg White, and the two were married in 1996. Jack took Meg’s surname, and the pair formed the White Stripes.


The White Stripes became a key component of the garage rock revival of the late ’90s. In addition to their music, the band members stirred public interest by claiming to be siblings, a declaration that seemed slightly less incestuous when Jack and Meg White divorced in 2000.

Did you know: Lazaretto was a Venetian name used for quarantine stations for maritime travelers.

Jack White formed The Raconteurs, with friend Brendan Benson. the Raconteurs made their debut with 2006’s Broken Boy Soldiers.

While touring with the Raconteurs, White suffered from bronchitis and often lost his voice, prompting singer Alison Mosshart (from the Raconteurs’ touring support, the Kills) to contribute her own vocals. The musicians opted to form a separate group named the Dead Weather. With Jack White now handling drums.

The first solo outing from Jack White, the bluesy, typically idiosyncratic Blunderbuss, named for a muzzle-loading firearm that was a precursor of the shotgun, arrived in April, 2012. It promptly debuted in the UK and American charts at number one.

White’s second solo album Lazaretto has just been released to rave reviews, preceded by the singles “High Ball Stepper,” and album title track “Lazaretto”.

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Jack White UK Tour Dates

Thu June 26 2014 – DUBLIN Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Thu July 03 2014 – LONDON Eventim Apollo

Mon November 17 2014 – LEEDS first direct Arena

Tue November 18 2014 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro

Wed November 19 2014 – LONDON O2 Arena

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