Jack White has two great loves — vinyl and children’s books (right?) — and over the past few days he was able to indulge in both of them.
Just last night, he was the keynote Q&A guest at the Making Vinyl conference in Detroit, where he opened the Third Man Pressing plant a few months ago. He talked about vinyl’s resurgence and the realities of running a label that largely focuses on vinyl. Per Billboard, White mentioned that Third Man Records were supposed to press Beyoncé’s Lemonade, but that “for some reason it didn’t happen,” and he also talked about how he hopes that one day Third Man isn’t exclusively associated with White:
Nothing makes me more upset than when it says U2 is pressing their new record (‘The Blackout’) with ‘Jack White’s Third Man Records.’ I don’t want my name to be in there. I want it to say ‘Third Man Records,’ and I hope more and more as time goes on that just becomes its name and I can slowly disappear from that.
White also gave Billboard an update on his new solo album: “[It’s] practically done, just some finishing touches. It’s a bizarre one. I’ve just got to let it settle. I need to listen to it by myself. I haven’t been able to listen to it by myself for awhile.” The album is expected to be released during the first half of 2018.
And on Friday, White did a reading from his new children’s book at the Barnes & Noble in The Grove in Los Angeles. Here’s some video of him reading from We’re Going To Be Friends: