Template:Trivia Template:Infobox musical artist Megan Martha White (born on December 10, 1974 in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan) is best known as the drummer of Detroit rock duo The White Stripes.

Early lifeEdit

Meg grew up in the Detroit area. Despite band assertions to the contrary, Meg and fellow bandmate Jack White are not siblings. In the early 1990s, Meg worked as a bartender at Memphis Smoke, a Detroit-area bar, where she first met Jack. They were married on September 21, 1996. In his characteristically unorthodox fashion, Jack took her last name.[1]


Jack spent much of the 1990s hopping from band to band, but it was in 1997 that Meg first took her hand at the drums. In Jack's words, "When she started to play drums with me, just on a lark, it felt liberating and refreshing. There was something in it that opened me up."[2] The young couple then became a band, and the newly christened White Stripes soon played their first gig at the Gold Dollar in Detroit. In keeping live performances to three basic elements, Jack did the guitar and vocal work while she played drums.[2] They divorced in 2000 (before becoming nationally famous) but the band survived.

Though Jack (the duo's guitarist and songwriter) usually sings the lead vocals, Meg did sing lead on "In the Cold, Cold Night", a song from the band's fourth album, Elephant, and "Passive Manipulation", from the band's fifth album Get Behind Me Satan. Her minimalist drumming style, reminiscent of Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker, has drawn so much debate about her ability that it was referenced in the movie School of Rock. For his part, Jack has declared Meg to be the key component in the White Stripes' sound. In reference to her "primal" approach to drumming, Meg remarked, "That is my strength. A lot of drummers would feel weird about being that simplistic."[2]

Meg has appeared on the cover of Whirlwind Heat's single Pink, in a Detroit Cobras music video "Cha Cha Twist" as Little Red Riding Hood, and appeared with Jack in a segment of Jim Jarmusch's 2003 film Coffee and Cigarettes.

On October 7, 2005, a picture posted on the Nine Inch Nails website of White with the band led to speculation that she replaced drummer Jerome Dillon, but two hours later, the photo was replaced with one of the band with Alex Carapetis. The significance of the photo featuring White is unclear, as she was never officially announced to be Nine Inch Nails' drummer, nor has any other explanation been given regarding the photo.[3]

Fulfilling a longtime dream,[4] Jack and Meg White guest starred on the long-running animated TV series The Simpsons in an episode titled "Jazzy and the Pussycats", which first aired on September 17, 2006. [5]. Meg has done some modeling for Marc Jacobs' 2006 Spring line.[6] Two of her pictures appeared in the March 2006 issue of ELLE.

Meg White was chosen by Comedian/Director Bob Odenkirk to compose a drum theme for one of his characters in the film Let's Go to Prison, which was released in November 2006.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Since the beginning of The White Stripes, Jack and Meg assured fans that they were siblings. It was eventually revealed that they were actually married and had divorced prior to starting the band. Meg is, by her own admission, "very shy" and gives few interviews.[2] When the band is interviewed, she will often contribute little or nothing, while Jack will do much of the talking. She guards her privacy in a manner that she identifies with Bob Dylan, whom she admires. [8]



  • Animals are something of a motif in Meg's photography (mainly album covers and music videos). Among those photographed with her are a snake,[9] rats (the video for Hotel Yorba and the back cover of Elephant), a cow, rabbits,[10] and raccoons (the 7 inch cover of the Denial Twist single).
  • Like Jack, Meg has claimed to be a taxidermy hobbyist, but says she owns just a few subjects (including a white mouse), while Jack owns many.Template:Fact
  • Meg is a fan of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. She has often been compared to fellow drummer and member of the TFSP, Rachel Trachtenburg. White and Trachtenburg share the same birthday (December 10).


  1. Smytek, John (2006). "Do they make striped Pampers?" The Detroit Free Press (accessed May 4, 2006)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Fricke, David (2005) "White on White". Rolling Stone (accessed April 12, 2006)
  3. Photo (2005). Uncaptioned NIN Official website. (accessed June 13, 2006).
  4. NME staff (2003)."From White to Yellow?"
  5. MTV Montgomery, James (2006)."White Stripes Get Entangled In A Simpson Family Feud"
  6. NME staff (2006). "Meg White becomes a model" (accessed June 2, 2006)
  7. " Worst Reviews" Staff (2006). "Let's Go To Prison at WorstPreviews"
  8. Perry, Andrew (2004). "The White Stripes uncut" The Observer (accessed June 6, 2006)


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Template:TnavbarThe White Stripes
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Albums and EPs: The White Stripes | De Stijl | White Blood Cells | Elephant | Get Behind Me Satan | Walking with a Ghost | Icky Thump
Singles: "Let's Shake Hands" | "Lafayette Blues" | "The Big Three Killed My Baby" | "Hand Springs" | "Hello Operator" | "Lord, Send Me an Angel" | "Party of Special Things to Do" | "Hotel Yorba" | "Fell in Love with a Girl" | "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" | "We're Going to Be Friends" |
"Red Death at 6:14" | "Candy Cane Children" | "Seven Nation Army" | "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" | "The Hardest Button to Button" | "There's No Home for You Here" | "Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights)" | "Blue Orchid" | "My Doorbell" | "The Denial Twist" | "Icky Thump" | "Rag and Bone"
DVDs: Candy Coloured Blues (unofficial) | Under Blackpool Lights
Other projects: Aluminium
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