Guinness World Records respond to Jack White's rant

Categories such as shortest gig are too trivial, say book compilers

Guinness World Records respond to Jack White's rant

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The compilers of the Guinness World Records have responded to Jack White's rant about being denied his rightful place in the tome (May 16).

White, who released his solo debut album 'Blunderbuss' last month, said that he believed he and former White Stripes bandmate Meg White held the record for he shortest concert in history after they performed one single note and a clash of the cymbal at a stop in Newfoundland, Canada, but were denied their place in the record books by the company.

Speaking to NME, however, Guinness World Records said that although the Stripes had been previously acknowledged as the record-holders in the 2009 edition of the tome, they had since scrapped any similar attempts or categories.

"The White Stripes were in fact recognized in the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records book for the shortest music concert ever when, on July 16 2007, they played just one note at St John's in Newfoundland, Canada," they said.

"Subsequent to this appearance we received a large volume of applications from bands and performers seeking to beat this record. The ultimate results of this was individuals claiming that simply appearing onstage was enough to qualify them for this record."

They added: "The results were difficult to objectively measure (for example, how many members of the crowd need to be able to see the performer before they disappear off stage?) and as such it's difficult to justify an appearance as a concert by any reasonable definition of the word."

They then went on to explain:

The nature of competing to make something the 'shortest' by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out, and Guinness World Records has been forced to reject many claims of this kind. As such, we have been forced to cease listing records for the shortest song, shortest poem and indeed the shortest concert.


However, they did invite White to try his hand at being immortalised in the book in another way, adding: "Many of us at Guinness World Records are enormous admirers of Mr White's oeuvre, and we would be extremely pleased if he were to attempt any of the 40,000 records that are currently active on our database.

"In order to apply, all he needs to do is head to Guinnessworldrecords.com, fill in a short application and grab his own slice of record-breaking glory."

Jack White returns to the UK next month for a series of live shows.



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