Jack White was born John Anthony Gillis in 1975 into a musical, Catholic family of 10 children in Detroit. He learned to play the guitar, drums and piano. After moonlighting in several underground Detroit bands as a drummer, White founded The White Stripes with fellow Detroit native-and then wife-Meg White in 1997. Their 2001 breakthrough album, White Blood Cells, brought them international fame with the hit single and accompanying music video, Fell in Love with a Girl. This recognition provided White opportunities to collaborate with famous artists, including Loretta Lynn and Bob Dylan. In 2006, White founded The Raconteurs with Brendan Benson, and in 2009 founded The Dead Weather with Alison Mosshart of The Kills.Definitive history of the Detroit scene in which The White Stripes first flourished, interviews with former bandmates including Brendan Benson and Third Man artists such as Neil Young and Seasick Steve.It tells the full story of the 21st century's most important rock star.
Nick Hasted writes on music, movies, books and comics for The Independent, The Guardian and Uncut magazine. He is the author of The Dark Story of Eminem and You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks, also published by Omnibus Press.