The White Stripes: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

The White Stripes: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of The White Stripes. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about The White Stripes. Enjoy the journey!

Origin: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Genres: Garage rock revival – blues rock – Alternative rock – Punk blues – Indie rock

Members: Jack White and Meg White

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Early Start

  • Jack Gillis met Meg White at the Memphis Smoke n high school at the restaurant where she worked and where he would read his poetry at open mic nights.
  • Together, they frequented local coffee shops, music venues, and record stores.
  • Jack played drums with a group of musician friends, including his upholstery apprentice mentor, Brian Muldoon.
  • He landed his first professional job as the drummer for the Detroit cowpunk band Goober & the Peas in 1994.
  • After dating for several years, Gillis and White married on September 21, 1996.
  • When Goober and the Peas got disbanded, Jack continued to play in other bands, such as the garage punk band the Go (he played lead guitar on their 1999 album Whatcha Doin’), the Hentchmen, and Two-Star Tabernacle.
  • Meg started learning to play the drums.



Career Journey

  • 1997: The White Stripes’ first live performance was at the Gold Dollar bar in Detroit.
  • 1999: They inked with the California-based label Sympathy for the Record Industry where they launched the single “The Big Three Killed My Baby”, followed by their debut album, The White Stripes.
  • 2000: Jack and Meg divorced in March 2000. Their second album, De Stijl (Dutch for “The Style”), was released on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label.
  • 2001: The White Stripes’ third album, White Blood Cells, came out where the band enjoyed its first significant success the following year with the major label re-launch of the album on V2 Records.
  • 2002: The White Stripes’ fourth album, Elephant, was released where it got worldwide acclaim together with its first single, “Seven Nation Army”, as the band’s most successful song which peaked the Billboard rock charts.
  • 2005: The cover version of Tegan and Sara’s song “Walking with a Ghost” on iTunes was covered by the duo.
  • 2007: The White Stripes’ sixth album, Icky Thump, was released.
  • 2008-2011: The band was on hiatus in this duration where Jack created The Dead Weather (including himself, Jack Lawrence, Dean Fertita, and Alison Mosshart).
  • 2011: The duo officially announced that they would disband The White Stripes.



Awards & Recognition

  • Their last three albums each won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.[
  • Rolling Stone named them the sixth greatest duo of all time (2015)




Fun Facts & Trivia

  • The duo was was supposed to be named as Peppermint as suggested by Meg but they decided to go with White Stripes because their last name is White.
  • Goober & the Peas was the name of the 90’s band based in Detroit with cowpunk genre where Jack was a member before The White Stripes.
  • Meg was in drums but she never took a drum lesson.




Artist’s Favorites

       Jack White
Color:  Red and black
Food:  Guacamole
Drink:  Bulleit 10-Year Bourbon, Stella Artois, and Veuve Clicquot




Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from The White Stripes:

Seven Nation Army

Length: 3:52

Release: 2003

Opening Lyrics:

I’m gonna fight ’em all
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back
They’re gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back
And I’m talking to myself at night
Because I can’t forget
Back and forth through my mind
Behind a cigarette
And the message coming from my eyes
Says, “Leave it alone”
Don’t wanna hear about it
Every single one’s got a story to tell
Everyone knows about it
From the Queen of England to the Hounds of Hell
And if I catch it coming back my way
I’m gonna serve it to you
And that ain’t what you want to hear
But that’s what I’ll do

More Songs to Listen to:

The White Stripes: Top 5 Songs



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