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Does rock music need saving? Jack White discusses...


Rock’n’roll music is in desperate need of some ‘wildness’ and an injection of young blood, says Jack White.

Preparing to release his new album Boarding House Reach in March, White sat down with ‘The Kevin & Bean Show’ to discuss all things music. At one point the conversation turned to the lack of guitar bands in the 2018 festival line-ups and White was asked what he thinks rock ‘n’ roll music is missing in compared to ears gone by, he answered: “Rock’n’roll needs an injection of some new young blood to really just knock everybody dead right now,” he said before discussing the history of the genre.

Here’s White’s full response:

“Since rock and roll’s inception, every 10, 12 years, there’s a breath of fresh air and a new injection of some sort of what you could I guess call punk attitude or something like that. A wildness. Things get crazy and then they get crazy for a couple years, and then they kind of get subtle, and then you’ve gotta wait for the next wave to come through and get people really excited and screaming about it again.

“We see it at Third Man all the time, a lot of young rock’n’roll acts, and I can tell in the last couple years it’s definitely different than it was five years ago. So I think it’s about to explode again.”