Rock ‘n’ Roll Survival Kit: Jack White

John Anthony Gillis---aka Jack White (image via

John Anthony Gillis—aka Jack White (image via

Do you know John Anthony Gillis? Even if the name is unrecognizable to you, if you live in North America and are not a complete hermit, there’s no question you have heard Mr. Gillis’ identifiable howl. At the tender age of 37, John Anthony Gillis—or Jack White, as he is better known—has achieved what many musicians couldn’t achieve in a lifetime of working the business: he owns his own recording company and studio, he has starred and performed in no less than 3 successful musical bodies (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather), he boasts a bucket of Grammy awards, and has recently released his first of what one can only hope to be a long catalogue of self-titled albums.

As significant as Jack White has been to the music industry in the last 10 to 12 years, there are still many who have not given any of White’s projects the time of day, because perhaps, they heard Fell In Love With A Girl back in 2001 and it left a bad taste in their mouth; or maybe it was due to the commercial radio’s relentlessness when spinning Seven Nation Army every hour on the hour back in 2003. It could be that you just “don’t like his voice” which is just cause for inattention.

Be that as it may, I’m writing this Rock ‘n’ Roll Survival Kit post in hopes of turning at least one ear to the fruits of Jack White’s tedious labours. For instance, just because you don’t like the garage rock fuzz of White Blood Cells doesn’t mean you’ll dislike the explorative and adventurous Consolers of the Lonely. But maybe you will—I don’t know, I’m not a doctor.

What I DO know, is that Jack White has become an icon for rock music in the 21st century; and with that icon status, I must present a Top 10 list. So if you still aren’t sold on the man who claimed to marry his sister (kind of), then maybe give the following tunes a try, as they are my personal favourites from the musical gospel of Jack White.

*Side note – narrowing the discography down to 10 favourites was brutally challenging*

  1. Icky Thump (Icky Thump)
  2. Screwdriver (The White Stripes)
  3. Consoler of the Lonely (Consolers of the Lonely)
  4. Slowly Turning Into You (Icky Thump)
  5. Missing Pieces (Blunderbuss)
  6. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (White Blood Cells)
  7. Carolina Drama (Consolers of the Lonely)
  8. Ball and Biscuit (Elephant)
  9. Level (Broken Boy Soldiers)
  10. White Moon (Under Great White Northern Lights version)



~ by DR on June 8, 2013.

2 Responses to “Rock ‘n’ Roll Survival Kit: Jack White”

  1. Obviously everyone is speechless, as they should be

  2. A decent attempt at an impossible task!

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