Jack White on Black Keys: 'Ripping Off Sounds of Mine'

Patrick Carney, Jack White
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A couple weeks ago, speaking with Rolling Stone, The Black Keys reignited a feud with Jack White saying he sounded like “an asshole” in the leaked emails to his ex-wife denigrating the Keys' guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach. In those emails, White accused the band of copying him and has tried to have his children removed from classes at the same Nashville private school attended by the kids of Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach.

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Now, in the current issue of Rolling Stone, the former White Stripes frontman added fuel to the fire, sticking to his stance about his fellow bluesmen:

"There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don't know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too. I'll hear TV commercials where the music's ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it's me. Half the time, it's the Black Keys," White says. "The other half, it's a sound-alike song because they couldn't license one of mine. There's a whole world that's totally fine with the watered-down version of the original."

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White continues:

"Some people will hear that and say 'Oh, Jack White thinks he's the first person to play the blues.' But certain acts open up a market for a certain style. Amy Winehouse: Did she invent white soul? Wearing a beehive? No. But she did something brand new and fresh, altogether as a package, and you see who's in her wake, from the Duffys to the Lana Del Reys," he says. "Adele selling 20 million records? That would not have happened if Amy Winehouse was alive. The White Stripes did the same thing, and in our absence, you're gonna find someone to fill that. And you get a band like the Black Keys, who said they never heard of the White Stripes? Sure."

Lately, the Black Keys have been feuding with Justin Bieber and in competition with Michael Jackson's posthumous album for the top spot on the Billboard 200.


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