Our curation team collaborated with in-house artist Carolyn Jaeger to produce this graphic of Jack White’s musical lineage, layered in the rings and bark of his own music. Vining upwards are the branches and leaves of the artists he’s produced and/or collaborated with. And of course his tree’s roots are robust with the influences that helped birth his sound, tone and vision. Click the image for detail.
There’s a great scene in the 2013 Jim Jarmusch vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive where Tom Hiddelston and Tilda Swinton’s undead characters are driving around Detroit at night and they gush over spotting the house that Jack White grew up in. What’s especially interesting here is that these two vampires are immortal – they’ve lived through centuries of music, having befriended everyone from Franz Schubert to Eddie Cochran. But in this one little moment of the film, Jarmusch is making the statement that Jack White is just as much a music luminary as are all the others who these characters appreciate. The film’s rock ‘n’ roll vampires could have easily fanned out over Iggy Pop’s house or the home that Detroit blues legend Bobo Jenkins lived in. But they didn’t. They fanned out over Jack White. And why shouldn’t they? In the forest of rock ‘n’ roll, his tree is both fruitful and deeply rooted.
Sure, most of us became acquainted with Jack and his “big sister” Meg when The White Stripes sparked the third wave of American garage-rock. But did you know that he was one of the original members of the underrated Detroit rock band The Go? Their first album is lovingly tangled in those hard-driving Motor City, punk ‘n’ roll roots originally planted by bands like MC5 and The Stooges. And if you follow the genealogy of The White Stripes’ “My Doorbell” further south, you’ll find that they extend to a chicken shack where Link Wray recorded “Juke Box Mama” on a three- track recorder. Deeper roots extend to such blues greats as Son House and Blind Willie McTell. Of course the trunk of Jack White’s family tree wouldn’t be complete without melodic rock super-group The Raconteurs and the sinister sounds of The Dead Weather. But sift through his branches and leaves where you’ll find that he’s worked with a diverse array of artists like Neil Young, Beck, Loretta Lynn, Danger Mouse, Alicia Keys and many others.
We at Pandora are thrilled to be livestreaming Jack White’s performance at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 30th. We’re also featuring a mixtape curated by Jack’s label, Third Man Records, a selection of songs that reflect Jack’s many influences. Hear it all right here: http://pandora.com/jackwhitelive