If there wasn’t enough of a reason to love Jack White, there is now. Besides the fact that he’s at the forefront of the vinyl resurgence movement with his awesome label, Third Man Records, as you may or may not know if you’ve been living under a rock, he’s also in the White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and the Raconteurs. He’s a prolific artist, and was one of arguably a very small handful of original musicians doing anything worthwhile back at the turn of the millennium. Trust me on this one, because I worked in a music store between 1999 and 2001. His live shows are storied. Trust me on this one too, because I saw him last year in Montreal. He makes music documentaries with The Edge and Jimmy Page, and he used to be an upholsterer. He’s had a stab at movies too. He was Elvis Presley in Dewey Cox, and he was in Cold Mountain. I’m sure he’s been in a whack of other stuff, but whatever. Yesterday, CBC reported that he saved Detroit’s masonic temple.
Again, unless you’ve been living underneath a rock, Detroit has seen decline in recent years. After paying $142 grand in back taxes, White assisted with staving off the threatened foreclosure the building was facing. The gesture by a native son of the motor city didn’t go unnoticed.
“Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it,” said Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran. “Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words.”
In light of White’s gift, the Masonic Temple Association said it would rename the temple’s Cathedral Theater as the Jack White Theater.
Does anyone else just want to have a beer with Jack White and maybe catch a ball game with him? I know I do.