Basic Background Info

Birth: December 10, 1974
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Band: The White Stripes
Genres: Rock, Punk, Alternative
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Detroit native Megan Martha White is the drummer and backing vocalist of duo The White Stripes with John Anthony 'Jack' Gillis. Meg and Jack married in 1996, and Jack took Meg's last name as his own. While Jack White worked with several bands, Meg White started playing the drums with him. Together they created a unique, minimalist, punk-folk-garage-indie sound.

They started playing local gigs as The White Stripes in 1997. Jack sang and played guitar, while Meg drummed and sang backup. Although they divorced in 2000, they stuck together as a duo and sold themselves as a brother/sister act. Jack later claimed that the ruse was intended to insure that the focus remained on the band's music and not their relationship.

The White Stripes became a cult favorite, but after releasing their second album (De Stijl), fans became critical. Jack and Meg had to win respect all over again. Jack and Meg persevered with their basic, original elements. The band based their musical elements around the number three: vocals, guitar, and drumsóor vocals, piano, and drums. Their fans were pleased.

Through their next several albums and consistent touring schedule, the White Stripes are making their old fans happy while simultaneously earning new admirers. Meg defends the simplicity of her playing, saying, 'That is my strength. A lot of drummers would feel weird about being that simplistic.' 

Jack refutes suggestions that Meg's simple drumming limits the band. He says, 'No. I never thought, God, I wish Neil Peart was in this band. It's kind of funny: When people critique hip hop, they're scared to open up, for fear of being called racist. But they're not scared to open up on female musicians, out of pure sexism.' He continues, 'Meg is the best part of this band. It never would have worked with anybody else, because it would have been too complicated.' 

Meg is very shy and typically allows Jack to speak for the band. However, she has opened up a bit, modeling for Marc Jacobs's Spring 2006 line.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1999 White Stripes The White Stripes
2000 De Stijl The White Stripes
2000 Soledad Brothers Soledad Brothers
2001 Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit Various Artists
2001 White Blood Cells The White Stripes
2003 Elephant The White Stripes
2003 Hardest Button to Button The White Stripes
2003 Seven Nation Army The White Stripes
2004 Under Blackpool Lights The White Stripes
2005 Get Behind Me Satan The White Stripes
2005 Walking with a Ghost The White Stripes
2006 Denial Twist, Pt. 1 The White Stripes
2007 Icky Thump The White Stripes
2007 You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do What You're Told) The White Stripes
2008 Conquista The White Stripes


  • Meg and Jack appeared in an episode of The Simpsons (September 17, 2006) entitled Jazzy and the Pussycats. Lisa is angry after Homer and Marge buy Bart a drum kit and he becomes a jazz drummer.
  • Meg and Jack almost always perform wearing only red and white, reminiscent of peppermint candy. Occasionally they wear black and white.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Ludwig
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Ludwig

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