Jack White: ‘I want to play the first vinyl record in outer space’

Guitarist also tells Buzz Aldrin about the break-up of the White Stripes

Jack White has revealed he has an ambition to play the first ever vinyl record in outer space.

The former White Stripes man was speaking to astronaut Buzz Aldrin in a feature for Interview Magazine and told Aldrin, who was the second ever man to walk on the moon, that he is working on a “secret project” to get one of the songs on his Third Man Records label to be the “first vinyl record played in outer space”.

Asked how he planned to do it, White said he was planning “to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player. And figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play”.

White also spoke with Aldrin about the break-up of The White Stripes and admitted that he couldn’t have recorded his debut solo album, ‘Blunderbuss’, while his old band still existed.

He said of this: “I didn’t want to go out and make solo records if The White Stripes still existed. I thought that people would be too confused by the two ideas and a lot of people wouldn’t be able to get their head around it. So, in a sense, it was something that was bound to happen one day. But I’m sad about it all the time.”

White has recently hinted that there will be a swift follow up to ‘Blunderbuss’, saying: “We had enough for an album at one point, but I just kept going… I’ve got another 12 songs that I haven’t finished yet.”

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