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The White Stripes: Astoria Theatre, London, 21st November

Live Review by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, 24 November 2001

THE MOTOR CITY IS BURNING – on London's Charing Cross Road. An hilariously heraldic "City Of Detroit" flag – with a Latin inscription translating as ...

White Stripes Or Shite Hype?

Comment by Stephen Dalton, The Times, August 2003

NEXT WEEK the White Stripes release their latest single, a highly distinctive reading of the Burt Bacharach standard 'I Just Don't Know What To Do ...

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The White Stripes (2001)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages, 1 June 2001

Backstage at the Bowery Ballroom, the Stripes talk about their stage show: what they play; what can go wrong; having Ray Davies in the audience; great shows, and disasters; hating corporate sponsorship; being in the sights of major labels; their support acts; Jack's complicated relationship with the blues; his dislike of the rock press; dealing with hecklers; rock in Detroit, and Meg's drum kit!

File format: mp3; file size: 29.7mb, interview length: 30' 57" sound quality: ** (background noise)

Jack White (2009)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 18 August 2009

Jack White goes way back to his Detroit childhood, the evolution of the White Stripes, and through to his current workaholic agenda as the Dead Weather's drummer.

File format: mp3; file size: 53.6mb, interview length: 55' 49" sound quality: ***

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The White Stripes: SXSW, Austin Fat Tuesday's, Austin, Texas

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 31 March 2001

THE WHITE STRIPES are quite a sight. ...

The White Stripes: De Stijl (Sympathy For The Record Industry)

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 21 April 2001

Two-piece brother and sister band kick up fine rock'n'roll ruckus ...

The White Stripes: De Stijl (Sympathy for the Record Industry)

Review by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, June 2001

JACK AND MEG White are the future of the very industry for which their label espouses such compassion. These Detroit-based guitar/drum siblings strip Jon Spencer-style ...

The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

Review by Pat Blashill, Rolling Stone, 25 June 2001

THE WHITE STRIPES play gothic garage punk strictly by all the best and baddest rules. Detroit's Jack and Meg White, allegedly brother and sister, look ...

Big riffs from across the pond

Profile by Max Bell, Stevie Chick, The Evening Standard, 5 July 2001

US garage rock is back, and Detroit and New York are where it's at. Stevie Chick and Max Bell look at the new breed chasing ...

White Noise, White Heat: The White Stripes: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 4 August 2001

HE'S THE don of Detroit, the god of garage, the man reclaiming rock'n'roll from false-hearted cheats and whining, hollow charlatans. ...

London Loves Us: The White Stripes

Report and Interview by Robin Bresnark, Detroit Metro Times, 8 August 2001

DETROIT, YOU HAVE a secret admirer. Admittedly, we're not terribly local, not all of us are single, and you certainly wouldn't want to come round ...

The White Stripes: L2, Liverpool

Live Review by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 15 November 2001

THE CURIOUS success of the White Stripes is proof that rock'n'roll fairy tales can still happen.  ...

Revenge Of The Underground: The Strokes and the White Stripes

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 8 December 2001

Is a new day at hand for 'alternative' rockers? ...

Of Strokes and Stripes: An American Invasion

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, July 2002

LAST SUMMER THERE was a sign outside British music’s front door. It read "SITUATION VACANT", and then, in smaller print, "Wanted: the Next Big Thing". ...

Chemistry Set: The White Stripes: Metro, Chicago

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Q, September 2002

Sparks fly as the blues-crazed siblings/spouses/whatever take the stage. ...

Jeff Beck and guests: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by John L. Walters, The Guardian, 17 September 2002

WHATEVER YOUR take on rock guitar heroics, Jeff Beck's three-night South Bank residency was certainly the most miscellaneous gig of the year, and a logistical ...

Jeff Beck, The White Stripes and friends: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, November 2002

THE SHORT version: Jeff Beck is still the champ. The long version: American humorist Fran Lebowitz once wrote words to the effect that vegetables do ...

The White Stripes: The Sweetheart Deal

Interview by Keith Cameron, The Guardian, 29 March 2003

"SPERAMUS MELIORA; resurget cineribus" – the motto of the city of Detroit translates as "We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes". ...

The White Stripes: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 11 April 2003

THE WHITE STRIPES find out the day before this first show of their tour that Elephant, the startling beast of a record that they made ...

The White Stripes: The Special Relationship

Profile by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 11 April 2003

THE PERFECT BLUEPRINT for a band devised by Jack and Meg White in Detroit obscurity six years ago has put them at rock's pinnacle today. ...

Rock & Roll Animal: The White Stripes: Elephant (XL) *****

Review and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 2003

Fourth album proves crowning glory of Detroit duo's meteoric career to date ...

White Stripes: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by John Doran, Bang, June 2003


Honky-Tonk Grande Dame: Loretta Lynn And Jack White On Country’s Favorite Daughter

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Detroit Metro Times, 25 June 2003

SOME MIGHT SEE it as a generational passing of the torch: an established music icon sharing the stage with a younger rising star, and there’s ...

The Thin Red Line: The White Stripes: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, April 2004

Rock'n'roll's leading dysfunctional couple play their biggest UK shows yet ...

Jack White and Loretta Lynn: Deconstructing Jack

Comment by Dave Marsh, Harp, July 2004

AT THAT POINT, after one and a half listenings, I concluded that White had heard all the Loretta Lynn records ever made and liked everything ...

Reading Festival: Richmond Avenue, Reading

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 5 September 2004

And the name of the world's worst band is... ...

The White Stripes: Under Blackpool Lights DVD (Third Man/V2)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, March 2005

EXCUSE MY misperception. I’d always considered the White Stripes as a modernist garage-rock band-hip to the melody of catchy songs like 'You’re Pretty Good Looking ...

The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan

Review by Stevie Chick, Plan B, June 2005

THERE WAS almost a point, deep into Elephant, where you could sense something slipping away from Jack White. ...

The White Stripes: The New Generation

Comment by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 24 June 2005

JACK WHITE WILL never have the blues badly enough. Though The White Stripes' new album, Get Behind Me Satan, suggests the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's ...

Jack White: White Noise

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

YOU KNOW what they say: You are what you listen to. So what does that say about Jack White? Actually quite a bit: That he's ...

The White Stripes: Heart of Darkness

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, August 2005

Join us for a tale of extraordinary madness as we sail through the Brazilian rainforest deep into the Heart Of Darkness. There we find the ...

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

Comment by Stevie Chick, The Stranger, 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 ...

The White Stripes: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2005

Paul Morley watches The White Stripes at the Hammersmith Apollo and is blown away by their impeccably skewed greatness ...

Jack White's Side Dish: The Raconteurs

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2006

THE BUSMAN'S holiday has a long if mixed history in rock. From makeshift supergroups to one-off time-killers to impromptu jam sessions, sideline moonlightings are part ...

The White Stripes: White Blood Cells (Sympathy For The Record Industry)

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2007

JACK WHITE was certainly ready and prepared for the media storm that greeted The White Stripes' arrival on the international stage with their third album ...

The White Stripes: Detroit Spinners

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2007

SON HOUSE WAS one of the greatest of all blues singers. Born on a Mississippi cotton plantation in 1902, he died 86 years later – ...

The White Stripes: Icky Thump

Review by Andy Gill, Uncut, July 2007

Heavy Riffage! Celtic Folk! Mariachi Blues! Meg And Jack Rock Back With A "Compellingly Weird" One... ...

The White Stripes: 93 Feet East, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, February 2008

JACK WHITE just doesn't know what to do with himself. ...

"There's a Voice in Me Saying Slow Down": Jack White Looks Back

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2009

WE'RE COMING to the end of a punishingly intense set by the Dead Weather, the second side-project band formed by Jack White of the White ...

The Backpages Interview: Jack White

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2009

ON THE 18TH of August 2009, in Salt Lake City, I was privileged enough to sit down with Jack White – variously a White Stripe, ...

The White Stripes: Detroit's Rock Heroes Remembered

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 5 February 2011

THERE WAS AN outpouring of grief this week when the White Stripes announced they were to split. Stevie Chick explains their magic while photographer Ewen ...

see also Dead Weather, The

see also Raconteurs, The

see also Jack White


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