The new issue of Rolling Stone calls Jack White “rock & roll’s Willy Wonka,” but excerpts from his interview make him sound more “hey, you kids, get off my lawn.” Right out of the gate this set-up is enforced with a quote from White comparing himself to Larry David. “Complaining about, you know, why they make shoelaces so much longer than they need to be,” White tells the mag.
During a one-on-one furniture upholstering lesson, White tells the mag some pretty incredible things, including that he thinks live concert audiences who don’t give him energy back because they’re too busy texting and drinking are a waste of his time.
The mag also pulls a quote in which White addresses the female journalist from The Atlantic who wrote a piece about his “woman problem” in which he refers to her as a chick who “doesn’t get it.”
“I’ve worked with more women than anyone you’ll ever meet,” White says in a bizarrely worded argument, then shifting to a more credible line of defense when he explains that his lyrics are often based on characters and not his own beliefs.