The artist who once told Dan Rather that “the blues is the truth to me” has made a six-figure donation to the forthcoming National Blues Museum in St. Louis. The museum announced Jack White’s contribution Tuesday evening, adding that it will go towards the “MIX IT UP” creative blues experience that will end each visitor’s trip through the space. From the project’s site: “Ultimately, visitors will conclude their experience by entering ‘MIX IT UP’ where using intuitive editing tools, they can blend their selections together and share their new compositions with others.”
While significant, this is hardly the first display of White’s music preservationism. Earlier this year, he had Elvis Presley’s first acetate recording—which he bought at auction on what would have been the legend’s 80th birthday—digitally transferred so that his own Third Man Records could reissue the single for Record Store Day (April 18) as a 10-inch. White enlisted Alan Stoker, Curator of Recorded Sound Collections, at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, for the transfer. The painstaking process is on display in the video below.