Yesterday Rolling Stone released some snippets from its new cover story on Jack White, including the revelation that at one time wheels were in motion for collaborations with both Jay Z and Kanye West. The issue is on newsstands now, and CoS passed on some quotes from White about his relationship with ex-wife and ex-bandmate Meg White — that is, if you can even call it a relationship anymore. “I don’t think anyone talks to Meg,” Jack explains. “She’s always been a hermit. When we lived in Detroit, I’d have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it’s almost never.”
Jack goes on to complain about Meg’s lack of enthusiasm about the White Stripes’ various triumphs:
She’s one of those people who won’t high five me when I get the touchdown. She viewed me that way of “Oh, big deal, you did it, so what?” Almost every single moment of the White Stripes was like that. We’d be working in the studio and something amazing would happen: I’m like, “Damn, we just broke into a new world right there!” And Meg’s sitting in silence. I remember hearing Ringo Starr say, “I always felt sorry for Elvis, because in the Beatles we had each other to talk about what it felt like. Elvis was by himself.” I was like, “Shit, try being in a two-piece where the other person doesn’t talk!”
But he also makes sure to sing Meg’s praises before the interview is over:
I would often look at her onstage and say, “I can’t believe she’s up there.” I don’t think she understood how important she was to the band, and to me and to music. She was the antithesis of a modern drummer. So childlike and incredible and inspiring. All the not-talking didn’t matter, because onstage? Nothing I do will top that.
I bet Patrick Carney gives Dan Auerbach high fives.
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