One of a new breed of back-to-basics rock acts to emerge from Detroit, Michigan, USA, the White Stripes comprises enigmatic bass-free duo Jack White (John Anthony Gillis, 9 July 1975, Detroit, Michigan, USA; guitar/vocals) and Meg White (b. Megan Martha White, 10 December 1974, Detroit, Michigan, USA; drums). The Whites, who Jack claimed were brother and sister from a dysfunctional trailer park family, formed their new band in 1997. Judging from their facial looks it initially seemed likely the duo were brother and sister, but the matter was confused by Jack White stating that the couple were once married, and the posting of a marriage license (from September 1996) and divorce certificate (from March 2000) on the Internet seemed to confirm this fact. Jack Whites invention of a far-fetched personal mythology owed a lot to the folk tradition, and was in fact similar to the yarn spun by Bob Dylan about his upbringing when he first arrived in New York in the...
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