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The Truth In Red And White: The White Stripes' Romanticised Reality

Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, 4 August 2005

"I SAW THIS documentary about a classical guitarist," Jack White told me recently. "He was playing Bach and Mozart, these really ridiculously complicated pieces, but he said, 'I really wish I could come up with music on my own. I don't know how to do it, I can only play what I read; I can't jam with another musician, or write or anything like that.' It seemed like the saddest thing in the world to me – he sounded so great, but only if someone had written the notes out for him."

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