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Fell in Love with a Band: The Story of The White Stripes

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  85 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
With only two members and no bass player the White Stripes certainly seemed like the ultimate makeshift band. So how is it that this enigmatic couple—who publicize themselves as brother and sister though official documents say they're ex-husband-and-wife—became a multi-platinum musical sensation? From their early days as the darlings of Detroit rock scene to their current ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 3rd 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Shannon Sanderson
Jan 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Jack and Meg are endlessly fascinating and this only slightly dispells the myth. The burning question about how their relationship works and how they've managed to stay with the band despite being divorced is a subject that it barely talked about. They will always be a mystery I guess. be prepared to have all your White Stripes CDs around cause the minute he writes about a song and its back story you'll want to listen to the album.
Michael Jr.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Fell in Love with a Band: The Story of The White Stripes
By: Chris Handyside
Paperback, 226 pages
ISBN13: 9780312336189
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

The main reason I read this book and the main reason that it was bumped up to 3 stars is because I am a completely biased White Strips fan. To me, Jack White is a rock god. Other than a handful of people, all living musicians shall bow down before this living legend. Reading the story of Jack's evolution to stardom was extremely entertaining, but admitted
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: White Stripes fans only
Above average but not nearly spectacular documentary of how The White Stripes came to be. There are some good quotes and insight into the band from people that knew them and played with them. Yes, you do get some intimate details (Jack's music and life philosophues and eccentricities were the best parts to me) but I'm left wanting quotes from Meg and Jack themselves... though the writing style was kind of fanboy-ish throughout, it stayed flavorful enough... not a book to read unless you want to ...more
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
If you can get past the lackluster writing and complete lack of editing, this book offers a great behind-the-scenes look at the early days of the White Stripes.
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
As a fan of The White Stripes I really enjoyed this book. I learned tons of interesting facts about the band and the origins of ideas and songs. As a reader, I found the book somewhat informally written and heavily biased to praising the band (which I had no problem with since I really like The White Stripes). The only part that really got on my nerves was that all the quotes from Jack White were taken from outside sources, such as TV, magazine, or newspaper interviews. There were a lot of direc ...more
Julie Mickens
Appealing if you enjoy local music scene backstories as I do. In fact, I was more interested in the "Detroit scene" than in Jack & Meg's particular project. Detroit is a reliably solid music city that's always working, even if the renown of its local produce ebbs and flows. This book could've used another edit; it seemed to have been rushed into print to capitalize on the White Stripes' moment of fame (which, in the music biz, can never be counted on to last). Oh, well, it's OK if band bios ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
It was ok. Author had clearly interviewed loads of people nearby but not Jack or Meg. Loads of padding around the basic story. Sometimes got out of sequence due to sticking with a theme rather than chronology. Failed to get to the nub of the band for me. It stops just after Elephant before Icky Thump. I'd be interested in an update.
Nov 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ahhhh, Jack White. I love you.
Jennifer Friedel
Great story. Unfortunately, horrible writing. Instead of bad quote after bad quote, some paraphrasing would have helped the book tremendously. Maybe the author didn't trust himself to get it right?
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book if you need to get behind all of the mysteries about the Stripes.
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