Jack White denies Libertines link-up

Former White Stripes man insists he will not be producing the comeback album from Pete Doherty and friends

Jack White has reportedly denied any plans to produce the next Libertines album. Despite Pete Doherty’s recent claim that White “says he’d like to” helm the sessions, representatives for the former White Stripe have insisted there is no such talk.

According to NME, White’s representative contacted the magazine to deny the musician had “expressed an interest in working with the Libertines”. Speaking separately to Consequence of Sound, the spokesperson said White “is not interested in producing the Libertines’ new album”.

This will be a blow for Doherty, who seemed genuinely thrilled at the prospect of collaborating. “I’d love him to do it,” the songwriter recently told France’s D8 TV. “It’d be amazing. But I don’t want to get too hopeful.”

Doherty will have to carry his dashed hopes into the Libertines’ upcoming reunion gigs, at Alexandra Palace in London on 26, 27 and 28 September. They have previously stated that they plan to use the concerts to debut new material, including a song using typewriter sounds. “I’m kind of in the mood for [a new album],” co-founder Carl Barât said in April. The Libertines’ most recent, self-titled album came out in 2004.


Sean Michaels

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