Jack White shows his stripes: 'I will never form another band'

Former White Stripes man vows to restrict himself to the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather and solo material from now on

Jack White has announced that he will never form another band. Three weeks after the dissolution of the White Stripes, White said he is content to express himself through the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather and his solo work.

"I won't join another band again," White told Q magazine (via DIY). "Three's enough for one lifetime. If I can't say it in any of these bands, then I'll say it by myself."

The White Stripes weren't Jack White's first band, but they were close. While they debuted in 1997, it took three albums for the group to cross over to the mainstream: White only became a star with 2001's White Blood Cells and the single Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground. He formed the Raconteurs, whose sound is more pop-rock, in 2005 and the psych-bluesy Dead Weather, fronted by Alison Mosshart, in 2009.

It hardly seems a stretch to restrict oneself to two different world-famous, festival-touring bands. But while the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather would keep the average musician very busy, White is a musical workaholic, running a record label – Third Man – producing albums for Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson, and recording solos for everyone from Alicia Keys to Beck to Jay-Z. He has even recorded a cameo with Danger Mouse's new project, Rome. All the same, there was a particular alchemy to the White Stripes, and none of White's other projects offer the opportunity to hear him play stripped-down garage-blues with Meg White.

In 2007, White talked to the Onion AV Club about what made the White Stripes special. "There's an overall structure of simplicity, and it revolves around Meg's drumming style," he said. "It can't be beat. We can't do those structures in the Raconteurs. We couldn't do them if we wanted to ... In the Raconteurs, there's so many more components, so many more personalities involved." One way or another, we hope White hasn't left that simplicity behind.

Contributor

Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Jack White unveils new band with members of Queens of the Stone Age and the Kills
The White Stripes frontman turns sticksman in a side project featuring members of Queens of the Stone Age and the Kills

Sean Michaels

13, Mar, 2009 @11:38 AM

Article image
Jack White: 'I knew we'd get into these places and stir things up' | Interview

The Stripes' frontman Jack White talks to Sarfraz Manzoor about President Obama, his wife's first album and doing a whole show on one note

Sarfraz Manzoor

14, Mar, 2010 @12:06 AM

Sea of Cowards by the Dead Weather | CD review
The second album by Jack White's latest band is a step forward, says Kitty Empire

Kitty Empire

08, May, 2010 @11:05 PM

Article image
Jack White: Blunderbuss – review
Has he ever made a bad album, asks Kitty Empire, as the former White Stripe, Raconteur and Dead Weatherman goes it alone with bruising, brilliant results

Kitty Empire

21, Apr, 2012 @11:05 PM

Article image
Think Jack White has a problem with women? You don't know rock'n'roll

Laura Barton: The former White Stripes star shouldn't be decried for his supposed attitudes but celebrated for his masculinity

Laura Barton

27, Apr, 2012 @4:20 PM

Article image
Jack White to set up shop in London
The White Stripes frontman's record label is to open a pop-up store in east London – for just two days

Sean Michaels

26, Oct, 2009 @10:12 AM

Article image
Jack White secretly donated funds for Detroit baseball pitch

News: The White Stripes frontman anonymously paid £100,000 to help restore the Clark Park field, where he played as a child

Sean Michaels

15, Sep, 2009 @10:51 AM

Article image
Jack White review – a remarkable evening with a truly unique artist
Hammersmith Apollo, London
Musician's parallel loves of Delta blues, surrealist whimsy and modernist-art subversion apparent at London gig

Ian Gittins

03, Jul, 2014 @11:31 PM

Article image
Jack White interview: 'I'm like Larry David, Alan Partridge and Chris Rock in one person'

The former White Stripes might eschew modern technology, but as he prepares to release his second solo LP, his thirst for new ideas is as strong as ever, writes Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis

01, Jun, 2014 @5:00 AM

Article image
White Stripes have finally split, band members tell fans
Jack and Meg White announce on website that their trailblazing rock band is no more after 13 years

Amelia Hill

02, Feb, 2011 @10:51 PM