The White Stripes
Credit: The White Stripes: Patrick Keeler

Taking a break from their new career as children’s entertainers, the White Stripes offer an unusually forthcoming interview to Rolling Stone. In the online excerpt, Jack White defends Meg White’s drumming skills against the Meg-hatas while acknowledging that she’s not exactly a virtuoso. ”I never thought, ‘God, I wish Neil Peart was in this band,”’ he says, referring to the show-offy Rush drummer. ”Meg is the best part of this band. It never would have worked with anybody else, because it would have been too complicated. When she started to play drums with me, just on a lark, it felt liberating and refreshing.”

Harder to justify, though Jack offers an entertainingly tortured rationalization for it, is his longtime effort to pass Meg off as his sister instead of his ex-wife. ”When you see a band that is two pieces, husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, you think, ‘Oh, I see…’ When they’re brother and sister, you go, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’ You care more about the music, not the relationship — whether they’re trying to save their relationship by being in a band. You don’t think about that with a brother and sister. They’re mated for life. That’s what family is like.” Uh-huh. I hope video model Karen Elson, who married Jack three months ago, buys that.

addCredit(“The White Stripes: Patrick Keeler”)