Please Wish Meg White a Happy Birthday (If You Can Find Her)
Meg White, who played drums for The White Stripes during those occasions when she wasn't being asked if Jack was her brother or her ex-husband, turns 41 years old today. We'd love to wish her a happy birthday, but given what a low profile she always tried to keep while the White Stripes were a going concern, you can only imagine how infrequently she's in the public eye now that the band is no more.
Oh, you didn't realize she was press-shy? Well, that's fair enough: just because Jack was the one doing all the talking doesn't necessarily define her as “the quiet one.” You may have just figured that Meg couldn't get a word in edgewise. After you check out the following five excerpts from various pieces written about The White Stripes, however, you'll see that her silence was generally by choice.
No Class (2001)
Running down the hallowed of old Oxford streets past American tourists with bum-bags packed full of mugger-fodder, there's Meg in red and white looking down from Magdalene bridge. Below, three white swans, one black and together with Meg the perfect album cover which will never be made. "Hi," she says casually. “You looking for Jack?" Either Meg is being genuinely helpful or just passing the buck. "He's over in McDonalds. You know where it is?" I realize in an instant that this is the great Meg White interview I'll be taking back to the office.
As we talk, guitarist Jack speaks in full, articulate paragraphs. Drummer Meg mostly hugs a pillow and curls her legs underneath her body, hiding feet covered by rainbow-colored socks that resemble Fruit Stripe gum's zebra mascot.
“We never really cared about all the things that other people cared about, you know? Like, people recognizing me on the street never interested me. I've always been kind of suspicious of the world, anyway, so it's pretty easy for me to live in my own little world.” - Meg White
Meg's really afraid of this interview, by the way. That's why she's not talking.
Rolling Stone (May 2014)
Contributing editor Jonah Weiner asked Jack if he's still in contact with his onetime wife and bandmate during interviews for our new cover story, and White said Meg is indeed still quite elusive. "I don't think anyone talks to Meg. She's always been a hermit," he said. "When we lived in Detroit, I'd have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it's almost never."