Personalities | The White Stripes | Twenty-First Century | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental duo, 1997–2011)

Divorcées Jack (vocals, guitar) and Meg White (percussion) formed The White Stripes with the mission statement of keeping a childlike simplicity in their music and imagery. Dressing only in red, white and black and playing a thrilling version of blues and rock (owing as much to Led Zeppelin as pioneers like Son House and Leadbelly), the pair found mass international acclaim with third album White Blood Cells (2001), which married Jack’s jackhammer riffing with a more tender, acoustic side (most notably on single ‘Hotel Yorba’).

But the duo are far from one-trick ponies. Next album Elephant (2003, recorded in a fortnight on a shoestring budget, then receiving massive sales figures) explored multi-tracked vocals, and the follow-up Get Behind Me Satan (2005) saw an even darker approach employed, often incorporating marimbas and xylophones. By 2010, their acclaimed output consisted of six studio albums, two EPs, one concert film, 26 singles and 14 music videos.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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