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Jack White is best known for singing and playing guitar with Meg White in the band the White Stripes.
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Also in 2011, White costarred with Norah Jones as a vocalist on Rome, a fresh musical project jointly created by American producer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Lippi, inspired by the 1960s-cool sound of Italian film soundtracks by the likes of Ennio Morricone. The album was released in May 2011 to nearly universal acclaim from music critics.
As one-half of The White Stripes,
Jack White became one of the most influential figures in rock music in the early 21st century by pushing a low-fi, stripped-down sound, leading a return to the music's roots in the purity and simplicity of garage rock. "Simple is not always better," White once said. "For Michelangelo, no. For The White Stripes, simple is better." So too for The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, and for White's millions of fans worldwide.
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