Jack White Posts Tribute to Meg White as World Considers the Viral and Bad White Stripes Take


The White Stripes perform in 2001

The White Stripes perform in 2001, photo by Nicky J. Sims/Redferns

Jack White Posts Tribute to Meg White as World Considers the Viral and Bad White Stripes Take

Jack offers a poem in honor of his former bandmate, who has recently garnered words of support from Questlove, Karen Elson, and countless others

After journalist Lachlan Markay tweeted and deleted a bad take claiming that the White StripesMeg White is a “terrible” drummer, it became a viral social media discussion among famous musicians, drummers, White Stripes fans, and generally speaking, many people who enjoy music. Jack White has now offered a subtweet of sorts, posting a photo of Meg on Instagram tonight with the below poem.

To be born in another time,
any era but our own would’ve been fine.
100 years from now,
1000 years from now,
some other distant, different, time.
one without demons, cowards and vampires out for blood,
one with the positive inspiration to foster what is good.
an empty field where no tall red poppies are cut down,
where we could lay all day, every day, on the warm and subtle ground,
and know just what to say and what to play to conjure our own sounds.
and be one with the others all around us,
and even still the ones who came before,
and help ourselves to all their love,
and pass it on again once more.
to have bliss upon bliss upon bliss,
to be without fear, negativity or pain,
and to get up every morning, and be happy to do it all again.


Questlove and Karen Elson were among those to come to Meg White’s defense. Markay has since walked back his now-deleted tweet and apologized to Meg White. The White Stripes, who are nominated for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class, recently announced an Elephant reissue.

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