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Guitar Greats: Jack White

There are few true "Renaissance Men" in rock, and carrying the torch for them in Jack White.

He was dubbed "Rock & Roll's Willy Wonka" in a May 2014 cover story for Rolling Stone (perhaps due to his slight resemblance to the Johnny Depp-version of the iconic character), but the brass at RS aren't that far off.  Between his work with The White Stripes and as a solo artist and the many avenues explored by his own Third Man Records, he's a business man that still stays true to his art and is absolutely uncompromising. His knowledge and passion for guitar are matched by a mere few, and it is that force that will keep White relevant for decades to come.

 

White Stripes circa 2000

 

Jack White performing on stage circa 2000.

 

Jack White performing on stage in August of 2001.

 

White Stripes performing a free outdoor concert in Union Square on October 2, 2002 in New York City.

 

The White Stripes rehearse at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2003 on November 6, 2003 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Jack White performing live at Reading Music Festival in August 2004.

 

Close up of Jack White of The White Stripes playing a National Airline guitar as he performs at RRR Rooftop on 30th January 2005 in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Jack White and The Raconteurs perform as part of 'Vegoose 2006' at Sam Boyd Stadium's Star Nursery Field on October 28, 2006 in Las Vegas.

 

Singer/Guitarist Jack White performs with The Raconteurs during Lollapalooza at Grant Park on August 1, 2008 in Chicago.

 

Jack White of the Dead Weather performs on stage at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2010 in New Orleans. He plays a Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird guitar.

 

Jack White of The Raconteurs performs as part of the 2011 Voodoo Music Experience at City Park on October 30, 2011 in New Orleans.

 

Jack White performs as part of Day 1 of the 2012 Hangout Music Festival on May 18, 2012 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Jack White and Brendan Benson perform during Brendan Benson and Friends at the Ryman Auditorium on December 18, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Jack White performs during the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 7, 2014 in New York City.

 

Jack White performs onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.