The White Stripes mainman looks back at an eventful time for him - and lays into the culture of celebrity...

JACK WHITE has hit out at the culture of celebrity.

White Stripes’ guitarist has also explained that his appearance in the recent Hollywood blockbuster ‘Cold Mountain’ was not a move towards a career in acting.

White said: “I hate the word celebrity! Celebrity is very empty. It’s like all the people talking about [‘It Girl’] Paris Hilton or whatever. There’s really nothing going on there. I’ve never wanted that; anything that’s happened [to me] is sort of a by-product of creativity.”

On ‘Cold Mountain’ he told VH-1: “People misinterpret things like that. Me being in ‘Cold Mountain’ was because [of] how much I loved American and Southern American folk music. It wasn’t a step in the direction of fame.”

The guitarist has also revealed that the last year has been “the best year of my life”, despite the twelve months seeing White break his finger as well as going to court after a Detroit bar fight with Von Bondies’ guitarist Jason Stollsteimer.

“It’s been the best year of my life,” he concluded. “I’ve gotten the chance to play with or be on the same stage with Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, Beck, Jeff Beck, Iggy Pop [and] White Stripes. These are things that would never occur to me that they would ever be possible, let alone have my favourite aspect [performing] be acknowledged and [be] able to share that with an audience.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, White Stripes will play Fuji Rock Festival (August 1) and the Rock En Seine Festival in Paris (August 27).

The duo will then take to the stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals (August 28-29).