Meg’s a very childlike person and I was very excited because she played drums in such a childlike fashion. Picasso said it took him his whole life to learn to paint like a five-year-old and Meg had that already. But she’d say to me: ‘Jack, people will think I’m a bad drummer.’ She wanted to quit even then because she didn’t want to be made fun of. That made me so angry because I knew it wouldn’t be the most amazing drummer in the world who would inspire people to start a band, but Meg White.
Jack White performs ‘Love Interruption’ with Alison Mosshart in Dublin 6.26.2014 (x)
A lot of people will say: “Oh, Jack went through a horrible divorce so this album [Lazaretto] must be about that.” But would I went to sell and exploit my private life and that of my children, just to sell records? From day one I’ve gone as far from personal experience as possible. I’m going to have a sing a song hundreds of times. I don’t want to relive a horrible event it was based on over and over I have always written from the perspective of someone else, which is why I’ve always thought notions of authenticity are ridiculous.
When blues purists said we [The White Stripes] weren’t the real thing because we dressed in red, white and black, I was like: Fine. Bye. Because if you can’t get past your notions of purity, then fuck off. I got that all the time, still get it. Eric Clapton said that about me. But I knew The White Stripes would work because Meg had such carelessness about what she was doing. That was the great balance between her and me: both sides of the coin, male and female, with someone who is insanely obsessed with every last detail and someone who couldn’t give a fuck. It was just too perfect.
"But I read this article a couple years ago about how, scientifically, our brain, we have to create patterns. We look for patterns of similarity all the time; we’re trying to find things that are similar so that our brain can make sense of them. And that, shockingly, is the seed of a lot of romantic ideas for a lot of people on a day-to-day basis, even for a lot of artists, you know? That it was meant to be. Actually, it’s our brain focusing on patterns, trying to discover patterns all the time. It’s a little bit sad to say that, so I hate even saying that out loud because it kind of kills a lot of romance about things."x