Meg White (born Megan Martha White on December 10, 1974) is an American drummer from Detroit best known for her work with Jack White in the Detroit rock duo The White Stripes. After she played on Jack's drums on an impulse in 1997, the two decided to form a band and began performing two months later. Calling themselves The White Stripes, because of Meg's preference for peppermint candy, the band quickly became a Detroit underground favorite, before reaching national, then international fame. Meg has been nominated for various awards as a part of the group, and has won several, including four Grammy Awards.
Her drumming style has been called "primal" for its simplicity, and drew both praise and criticism from fans and critics. Jack has been a vocal advocate for her playing, calling her critics "sexist." Her musical influences are wide and varied, with Bob Dylan being her favorite artist.
By her own admission, Meg is "very shy," and has kept a very low public profile. Though publicly insisting they were siblings, public records emerged in 2001 that indicated that she and Jack got married in 1996, prior to the band's formation; they divorced in 2000, before The White Stripes ascended to international fame. In 2009, she married guitarist Jackson Smith—son of musicians Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith—but they divorced in 2013.
While on tour in support for their sixth studio album, Icky Thump, she suffered from acute anxiety, and the remaining dates of the tour were cancelled. After a few public appearances, and a hiatus from recording, The White Stripes announced in February 2011 that they would be disbanding. She has not been active in the music industry since.
- We never really cared about all the things that other people cared about, you know? Like, people recognizing me on the street never interested me. I've always been kind of suspicious of the world, anyway, so it's pretty easy for me to live in my own little world.
- Jarmusch, Jim (2003). "The White Stripes: getting to know the most interesting band in music today" FindArticles.com (accessed June 6, 2006)
- I don't want to know about my biggest idols. I don't want to read their autobiographies, I don't want to find out what they're really like.
- Cameron, Keith (March 28, 2003), "The sweetheart deal". The Guardian. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- I was able to afford a car that didn't break down every five minutes.
- When asked what she did with her first royalty check
- Epstein, Daniel (2004). "The White Stripes - Coffee and Cigarettes" SuicideGirls.com (accessed June 6, 2006)
- Actually I don't. I've never played with a bass player before, so I wouldn't even know. It wouldn't feel like it's missing, I just think it's normal … I prefer it that way so I only have to concentrate on Jack.
- When asked does she miss having a bass player in the band
- Loder, Kurt (date unknown). "The White Stripes - At the Zoo with Kurt Loder" MTV.com (accessed June 6, 2006)
- It's in this book I was reading. Apparently, there's a little red demon dwarf that haunts the city, and before every major bad thing that's happened, it's appeared to somebody. Last time, he appeared in a Cadillac.
- On what's wrong with Detroit
- Andrew Perry (13 November 2004). "What's eating Jack?", TheGuardian.com (accessed October 24, 2014)
- We were like a moth right next to the flame. It's like, do any more and you go down. We were so tired. One final lap, and then have a rest.
- Perry, Andrew (2004). "The White Stripes uncut" ObserverGuardian.co.uk (access June 6, 2006)
- On deciding to end the Elephant tour when they did
- I wasn't brought up with any religion, actually.
- Gross, Terry (2005) Fresh Air: "A White-Striped Trip: 'Get Behind Me Satan'" NPR.org (accessed June 6, 2006)
- We've never had problems. We love each other, understand each other, and get past anything.
- On her relationship with Jack White
- Frampton, Scott (July 2007), "Jack & Meg White". Esquire. 148 (1):118-119
- "Meg White Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved October 14, 2014.