July 9: Jack White was born in 1975 – Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday, Jack White!

Jack White (né Gillis), often credited as Jack White III, singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. He was best known as the guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist of The White Stripes until they split in February 2011, as well as a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. He has recorded two albums as a solo artist, Blunderbuss (number 4 on our year-end list 2012) and this year’s wonderful, Lazaretto.

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“Blues singers and people who are singing on stage have the same feelings and emotions that someone who is called to be a priest might have.” – Jack White

Music is Jack White’s calling, it is his mission in life, and we at JV are regulars when he preaches. Jack White is a musical genius. He’s a rock auteur. You can hear “his voice” on everything he’s involved in. That is a good thing, and his solo albums really shines.

The music on Blunderbuss is less raw than with The White Stripes, this doesn’t mean that it is too polished, but I guess that it is an easier introduction into Mr. White’s world than any of his earlier projects. Lazaretto continues in the same vein, but I think it is a more varied and an even better album.  His band(s) really brings something to, and enhances his songs. His solo projects sounds more like a band than The White Stripes ever did (for the record, I really love The White Stripes).

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The White Stripes was an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of the songwriter Jack White (vocals, guitar, and keyboards) and drummer Meg White (drums and occasional vocals). Jack and Meg White were before married to each other, but are now divorced. After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, the White Stripes rose to prominence in 2002, as part of the garage rock revival scene. Their successful and critically acclaimed albums White Blood Cells and Elephant drew them attention from a large variety of media outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Jack White’s performance at Roskilde Festival in Denmark on July 6, 2014, the full concert!

Setlist:

01 Sixteen Saltines
02 Missing Pieces
03 Cannon (The White Stripes Song)
04 Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground (The White Stripes Song)
05 Love Interruption
06 Top Yourself (The Raconteurs Song)
07 I Cut Like A Buffalo (The Dead Weather Song)
08 Trash Tongue Talker
09 The Same Boy You’ve Always Known (The White Stripes Song)
10 Blunderbuss
11 Fell In Love With A Girl (The White Stripes Song)
12 Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs Song)
13 I’m Slowly Turning Into You (The White Stripes Song)
14 Another Way To Die
15 Blue Blood Blues (The Dead Weather Song)
16 Misirlou (Dick Dale And His DelTones Cover)
17 Ball And Biscuit (The White Stripes Song)
18 Encore Break
19 Freedom At 21
20 Hello Operator (The White Stripes Song)
21 Catch Hell Blues (The White Stripes Song)
22 Seven Nation Army

Album of the day, Lazaretto:

– Hallgeir