Just a few days after he sounded off on his website about the state of music, his doubts about future touring and his own personal frustrations, Jack White is apparently not pleased with the way his comments have been portrayed in the media. A post at the Facebook page of his label, Third Man Records — titled “Jack White Click Bait Bingo Exhaustion” — has attempted to set the record straight.
The post read, “Jack went into a fan forum and did a Q&A with some fans. This has now ballooned up in the press in a way that is suggesting Jack is going to retire, Jack will never play festivals, Jack won’t speak to Meg (White), etc ad nauseum . . . this is what happens when you isolate aspects of a conversation between a musician and his fans in a private forum and put it out into the blogosphere in a sensational way. It completely changes the context and intent of those statements, and the conversation.”
The post then relayed that White is not retiring, will return to touring at some point and that his remark, “I don’t belong here,” meant the fan forum and not today’s society.
The message adds that White “is not quitting music. He’s working with the Dead Weather next week, he’s involved in several projects we’re not even gonna tell you about right now cause we don’t want to ruin the surprise.”
White admitted a while back that he’s never been comfortable interacting with the public:
“It’s never comfortable for me ’cause I don’t really know what to say, you know. I think Bob Dylan said once that just because you like my stuff, doesn’t mean I owe you anything. It’s hard, you know. It’s hard to take a compliment, it’s hard to express true — sometimes people, you don’t know where they’re coming from, what the angle is, you know.”
White will be inducted into Nashville’s Music City Walk Of Fame on June 4th, along with country legend Loretta Lynn. White was born in Detroit but moved to Nashville a decade ago. His Third Man Records headquarters has become a fixture of the city’s music scene.