Before The White Stripes put their hiatus status on permanent mode in 2011, I considered myself a pretty big fan, and still am even today so it’s hard to hear Jack White reveal that the former band’s other half, Meg White, really didn’t seem to want to be a part of it.
The Stripes really made a name for themselves in 2001 after releasing their third album White Blood Cells, and maintained their success all through the 2000’s. but according to Jack, this wasn’t enough to keep Meg interested.
He recently told Esquire magazine: “In The White Stripes, it was impossible to share the good moments with Meg because she was very uninterested. If something nice happened, it wasn’t like we would hug or have a drink. That wasn’t what went on.”
The 37-year-old eccentric musician goes on to explain: “We would record a White Stripes song in the studio and it would be me, Meg and an engineer. So we would finish a mix of a song and I’d say, ‘Wow! That’s pretty good!’ I’d look around and Meg would just be sitting there, and the engineer would just be sitting there.”
“So it’d be sorta like, ‘OK… Let’s just move on to the next one.’ It was just me by myself. But it was the best thing for me. It taught me a lot about trusting my gut.”
Jack and Meg, who used to mess with reporters and say that they were brother and sister, were in fact married at one point. Maybe that’s where their magic lied, not with the music making.
Reflecting on that Jack says: “It’s strange to know that there’s beautiful moments that no one will ever know about. It’s whether I’m going to tell you, because Meg’s never going to tell you. There’s a sadness to that, a romance.”
Even though I love how far Jack White has come musically with his own style and creativity, I loved these two making music together. Their progress and style was unique, just like their tour rider was. RIP White Stripes (again).