New Jack White Video, NYT Profile

April 5, 2012

Jack White’s “Love Interruption” video showed off his classy new blue, black, and white color palette in a closed setting somewhere behind the gates of his musical, Nashville version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but today’s official Blunderbuss clip requires no golden ticket. This time, Jack ventures out into a grittier alternate reality, putting his own imaginary self in peril for director AG Rojas’ “Sixteen Saltines,” in which teenagers — some simply running amok and others acting borderline feral — hold the ex-White Stripes leader captive with ropes. Credit is due to a top YouTube comment for this astute observation: “Feels like Harmony Korine movie…” Indeed. Check out Jack’s trip to Gummo below:

While this clip doesn’t offer many clues into the real world of White, a new profile by Josh Eells for The New York Times Magazine sure does. Brimming with intriguing bits from his look behind the curtain that include unexpected anecdotes (Bob Dylan offered to weld White’s front gate), a sort of get-off-my-lawn moment (“Kids today never say, ‘Man, I’m really into remote-controlled steamboats.’ They never say that.”), and a revealing detail about his past relationship with Meg White (“Meg completely controlled the White Stripes.”), it’s a must-read for any fan.

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