The White Stripes release an entire book of lyrics written by their main songwriter Jack White from the duo’s debut in 1997 to the band’s final album, 2007’s lousy thump. White lines complete songs It will be in stores October 3rd, and pre-orders are ongoing via Third Man Books.
Also included in the 300-plus-page hardcover are never-before-seen rough drafts of songs, rare photos, and alternate lyrics to some of their biggest hits, along with essays from poets Caroline Randall Williams and Hanif Abdel-Raqeeb, plus the official Wyatt. Stripes archivist and Third Man Records co-founder Ben Blackwell. A limited edition with a signed plaque of Jack White directly from Third Man Books will also be available. See the book’s trailer and cover below.
Earlier this year, the duo celebrated their 20th anniversary elephant with a deluxe reissue, which included a high-resolution audio replay of the tracks (including the song “Seven Nation Army”) along with footage of a 27-song extended live performance taken from the band’s 2003 tour in support of the recording.
White also defended Meg White earlier this year with an original poem after his longtime fellow retiree faced fresh criticism of her drumming. Despite the naysayers, she may become the third female drummer ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is set to be announced later this month.