Jack White, is best known as the lead singer of the White Stripes but in a recent interview with The New Yorker, he has recently revealed he is an avid collector of memorabilia and a bowling fan.
Along with dishing on Third Man Records and the new Third Man Pressing plant (that officially opened last month,) the 41-year-old-musician revealed that he has a private three-lane bowling alley in his home in Nashville, Tennessee, in which he keeps a bowling ball for Bob Dylan.
The bowling alley houses a rack of balls for White’s friends, “each dedicated ball has a name tag, and some of the balls are painted fancifully.”
Dylan’s bowling ball features an image of John Wayne and is only used by Dylan.
White also shared that he owns the first demo recording, ‘The King’, Elvis Presley ever made, dating from 1953. White is said to have bought it for $300,000 (over €28k) from an auction.
The former White Striper also holds some pretty rare collectibles at his Nashville property, (which was designed by George Nelson, a figure in American modernism) such as an arrest record for Leadbelly, James Brown’s Georgia driver’s license, and the first demo that Elvis Presley ever recorded from 1953.
His collection also includes a rare copy of Action Comics No. 1 from June 1938, which includes Superman’s first published appearance!
“If I’m going to invest in something, it has to have meaning to me, something that has historical value and can be passed on,” he explained. “If I buy Elvis’ first record, and we are able to digitise it and release it, and people can own it, or I can preserve this comic book, it is cooler than buying some Ferrari or investing in British Petroleum.”
Jack also admitted to being disinterested in following convention, regardless of whether he’s making music or going about his day-to-day life.
He shared: “I always have my own rules, and I can bend them if I want. I can see the confines I’m working in, but nobody else knows I’m doing it.”
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