It’s been said that Kurt Cobain was the last rock star — they may be right, as I’m pretty sure rock stars don’t give Philosophy lectures at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
While on tour with the Dead Weather in Europe, Mr. White surprised a Philosophy club by offering up his own views on, above all else, music, anxiety, and authenticity — a topic that many debate with regards to Jack and his relationship with Meg White, who he is in general, where he’s come from, whether or not he’s the ghost of Christmas Past, etc.. However, it was on the topic of authenticity in particular that he made a slight dig at Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, doubting the sincerity of their reputations and his own perception of them, saying he doesn’t know if they are “as I think they are. Perhaps they’re not.” Meanwhile, he compares their careers to that of Britney Spears, saying “Sometimes you start thinking that maybe Britney Spears or someone like that who’s doing exactly what they want to do in the way that they best know how, is more authentic than any of those people you could mention.”
Of course, the students also took the opportunity to ask him about working with Dylan, country singer Loretta Lynn, as well as the recent documentary “It Might Get Loud.” However, prior to leaving, he mentioned one of his original bands, The Upholsterers, and a pressing of their own EP being completely obscure and unable to be found, claiming these records were pressed on clear vinyl, placed in a transparent covering, and hidden in 100 pieces of furniture that he himself upholstered during his time as an upholsterer’s apprentice in Detroit.
Readers in Michigan: You may tear open your couches now.