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Meg White (b. December 10, 1974) was the drummer and occasional vocalist of The White Stripes. She met Jack White in 1994 while working as a bartender in Detroit, and formed the band with him 1997. They were married from 1996 until she divorced him in 2000.

Meg has never taken a lesson. While playing in circles with local and bands, Meg White’s minimalistic, primal drumming style fit in. Since The White Stripes’ 2002 breakthrough, it has been the subject of attention. She plays Ludwig Drums with Paiste cymbals, and says her pre-show warm-up consists of “whiskey and Red Bull.”

Jack White downplays criticisms of her style, insisting:

“I never thought ‘God, I wish Neil Peart was in this band.’ It’s kind of funny: When people critique hip hop, they’re scared to open up, for fear of being called racist. But they’re not scared to open up on female musicians, out of pure sexism. Meg is the best part of this band. It never would have worked with anybody else, because it would have been too complicated… It was my doorway to playing the .”

Of her playing style, Meg White herself says:

“I appreciate other kinds of drummers who play differently, but it’s not my style or what works for this band. I get sometimes, and I go through periods where it really bothers me. But then I think about it, and I realize that this is what is really needed for this band. And I just try to have as much fun with it as possible … I just know the way plays so well at this point that I always know kind of what he’s going to do. I can always sense where he’s going with things just by the mood he’s in or the attitude or how the song is going.

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  • MisaelSTR

    i'd totally do her for fucks sake [2]

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • tmk97

    Czego by nie mówili o Meg to i tak pozostaje ona najlepiej pracującą cycem perkusistką świata <ok>

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Kelsijs

    Shut up meg!

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • indie777

    meg is awesome

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ProprPanda

    Cool, good jams, what I aspire to be as a musician (not givin two fucks what people think of my style and enjoying the times i do well). haters gonna hate, 'nough said.

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • BananaGeekLord

    lololol People coming on here bashing a musician before READING HER BIO. Theres a quote above as to why she plays the way she does. And honestly, is not like shes the first drummer to play simplistic music. Its actually not that uncommon in jazz and the blues.

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    and you're saying that because you're a 13-year-old expert in the field of drumming, boobies, sexism and The White Stripes fucking BIOGRAPHY which you haven't read yet because you fucking CAN'T READ YET ?

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • beerzoo

    WELCOME to JACK WHITE PARTY at FAQ Cafe | 27.01.12 | Moscow, Russia | Join us! It'll be white night! http://www.lastfm.ru/event/3169995+JACK+WHITE+PARTY

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • davit_gri

    After hours <3

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Scotrauch

    As a painting, beautiful art, Meg,you are always inspiring my work thank you truly

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • JakSpringTooth

    Wonder what you'll be doing now that White Stripes is done :(

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Don_Diego

    Meg-a-Meg-a-White Thing!

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • chump86

    by the way she is a fucking great drummer

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • chump86

    i'd totally do her for fucks sake

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • BAN4N3

    'The Next Meg White' - and it's a guy? OKAY! :D

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ddp33065

    @allisonthedino The downright BEST musicians are not only talented, but also artistic... Take John Lennon for example... from a technical perspective, John Lennon was a very amateurish musician, however the music he wrote was just flowing with art... On the other end of the spectrum, look at The Rev... He could play a mean drum solo, but his drumming wasn't very inspired or artistic...

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • allisonthedino

    Oh, yeah I don't think that sex tape of Meg White is Meg White, it really looks nothing like her.

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • allisonthedino

    When was music about being *talented* I always thought it was about the art and soul of the music. Maybe Meg White isn't the best drummer but I think she is amazing. The White Stripes wouldn't be The White Stripes without Meg White, Jack White Said that himself. I think a lot of people dislike Meg White because she is a female in rock music.

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • simonvanderveen

    hedphylem totally got it right saying: "meg has chemistry with jack, and that's about it. her drumming is very basic and primitive but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. is meg good at drumming? no. does it cripple the sound of the white stripes? nope. "

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Eisners

    As much as you want to argue otherwise, being a shitty drummer isn't a unique style. I'm not a fan of the White Stripes, but I believe they would sound 100x better with a better drummer.

    18 Apr 2010 Reply
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