Jack White in 2009

It occurred to me the other day as I sat aimlessly pondering the state of rock music today, that Jack White is a force to be reckoned with. Maybe. Well, see, I started to recall all these things from this past year that I heard/read/saw White involved with. So, in boredom, I compiled a short list. Feel free to add bullets if I’ve left anything out. Chronological order too, nonetheless. Maybe.

  • Jack opens a record store for his Third Man Records label, in Nashville
  • Jack forms another band called Dead Weather (in which he takes a turn at the drums)
  • Dead Weather release a fantastic debut titled “Horehound”
  • Jack makes his attempt at bringing back vinyl (it was already back, though, sorry)
  • Jack starts up a record pressing plant at his Nashville store
  • Jack offers a subscription-only vinyl service to fans with lots of income
  • Jack uses his store to create “limited” edition vinyl pressings
  • One of these pressings is “tri-colored, jukebox-labeled vinyl designed and created by Jack White”
  • Dead Weather get a pretty awesome music video treatment from Jonathan Glazer
  • Jack opens fly-by-night Third Man Record stores in both NYC and London
  • Jack appears alongside two other infamous axe-slingers in the glorious rock-doc It Might Get Loud
  • Jack releases a Carl Sagan-YouTube mashup-hit “A Glorious Dawn” on his label (in vinyl, of course). You can watch the video for the track below:

I’m sure there’s more that belong in there, but a better question is what is he going to be up to in 2010? Well, the first tidbit came out just recently and that is the Under the Great White Northern Lights 2007 tour film which is being released on March 16th in a massive boxset containing the following:

  • A DVD of the film
  • A DVD of White Stripes 10th anniversary show (titled “The White Stripes Under Nova Scotian Lights”)
  • A 16-track White Stripes live album recorded during the Canadian shows on 180 gram vinyl
  • A 16-track White Stripes live album recorded during the Canadian shows on CD
  • A 7″ (featuring “Icky Thump” and “The Wheels on the Bus” recorded live)
  • A 208 page book featuring photos from the Canadian tour taken by Autumn de Wilde (with a foreword by Jim Jarmusch!)
  • A silk screen print exclusive to the set

It looks like this:

And sounds like this: