Jack White: ‘Being an artist is like going to war and coming back a completely different person’

'Blunderbuss' singer says being an artist is all about sacrifice

Being an artist means you have to make a “very dangerous choice to give yourself over and never go back”, Jack White has said.

Speaking in this month’s Word magazine, the ex-White Stripes singer says he sacrifices himself for art “24-hours a day”. Once you’ve made that choice, he says, you can “never go home again”. He added:

Whatever your name was before, and whoever you were, you don’t get to be that person ever again. I can only imagine that’s like going to war and coming back a completely different person.

Earlier this week (26 April), White said he had enough material to do a second solo album already. In a busy week for the singer, it was also revealed that he will be writing the soundtrack to the new Disney’s The Lone Ranger film.

The former White Stripes frontman played his first ever UK solo show this week (April 23), headlining London’s HMV Forum the day ‘Blunderbuss’ was released.

The debut solo effort looks set to earn him a Number One album this Sunday (April 29) and is on course to knock Adele off the top of the charts, according to the Official Charts Company. In addition, he looks set to get to Number One of the Billboard 200 chart in the US next Wednesday (May 2)

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