White Stripes man tells NME he feels the web is music's main enemy

Jack White has spoken of his hatred for the internet, saying he thinks it’s a “nuisance” and that it detracts from the “art of music”.

Speaking as one of our 10 cover stars in a special edition of a revamped NME out this week (April 7), The White Stripes, Raconteurs and Dead Weather man said the web is music’s main enemy right now.

“In my head I’m still living and working as if there is no internet, and treat it as a nuisance,” White explained. “The internet is a beautiful tool for many, many things, but it is in direct opposition to the art of music being treated with respect.”

White added that he does sometimes use the net himself, though he usually gets annoyed at how harsh other users are.

“Of course, after reading about three words of someone’s comment at the bottom of an article I turn off,” he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, White talks about President Obama, Oasis and also gives his opinion on what he thinks is the true underground music at the moment.

The special covers have been put together to mark the launch of the new NME. The magazine has been completely revamped with new front, features and reviews sections, plus an update for NME‘s iconic logo.

The 10 covers can be viewed on NME.COM right now and feature the following:

1. Jack White
2. Florence And The Machine
3. LCD Soundsystem
4. Rihanna
5. Kasabian
6. Laura Marling
7. Foals
8. MIA
9. Biffy Clyro
10. Magnetic Man

To celebrate the special edition, Golden Tickets are being hidden in copies of this week’s issue of NME. The five tickets will be hidden across the UK and in issues sent out via subscription, and will entitle the finder to two tickets to one of this year’s festivals including the Reading And Leeds Festivals, V Festival and T In The Park.