On a Detroit winter evening, years ago, Jack White punched a guy in the face. Really hard. And not just once, if you believe the police report. It was the culmination of a feud between two garage-rock dudes, back in , when feuds and garage rock and dudes were still a thing. Yeah, he threw a punch or three. Sitting on a bench behind him is a life-size skeleton with its legs crossed. White periodically strikes an identical pose, to distracting effect. Jerry Lewis. He lets out a disarming, high-pitched giggle, revealing an un-showbizzy arsenal of uneven little teeth, and corrects himself.
Last summer, Jack White bought a house in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that he had seen only in photographs. He was drawn to its past. The house was designed by George Nelson, a figure in American modernism, who mostly designed furniture. He used to drive around the city looking for thrown-out furniture, and sometimes he found Nelson sofas and chairs and restored them.
Gillis, the youngest of 10 children in a Polish Scottish family, grew up in Detroit. His father worked as a maintenance man and his mother as a secretary, both for the Roman Catholic archdiocese. After dropping out of college after a semester, Jack worked for several years as an upholsterer while playing drums or guitar in various Detroit bands. Along the way he developed a deep devotion to Mississippi Delta blues. After he married Meg White , he took her last name and joined her in a two-person band, the White Stripes. The White Stripes were in the vanguard of a garage-rock revival in the late s and created an energized idiosyncratic 21st-century version of the blues.
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