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The White Stripes

Before his membership in The White Stripes, Jack White played with various other punk bands. This history in punk shines through today in The White Stripes. Their sound is both blues and punk. It's raw and consistent but does not follow a single recipe. Together Jack and Meg White create songs that clearly draw from their influences, such as classic blues artist Robert Johnston and classic punk acts The Stooges and MC5 (who are both from Meg and Jack's hometown of Detroit, Michigan).

Before they met, Jack Gillis (which is his original last name) played with a few local punk groups in Detroit. He met Meg White in the 1990s while she was working as a bartender in the city, and they decided to tie the knot in 1996--after which Jack adopted Meg's last name. The married couple began jamming together soon after Meg began taking drum lessons. With Meg on the drums, explained Jack, he felt liberated to play in a new way and inspired by this new freedom. Since the birth of The White Stripes, Meg and Jack's music has exploded in popularity but has not lost its dignity. Since their 1999 self-titled debut alum, the group has continued to put out records, each bringing more members to The White Stripes' fan club. Meg and Jack White have become so popular that they have even made some film appearances, such as in Coffee & Cigarettes (2003) and were featured in their very own episode of The Simpsons.

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