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.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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