The White Stripes – their career in NME covers


NME photographer Pieter M Van Hattem was invited up into the White Stripes’ attic studio, at the top of Jack’s house in Detroit in 2001, the year of White Blood Cells and their big breakthrough.


Three months later, on 3rd November 2001, The White Stripes bagged their second NME cover. We investigated the endless wedding / sibling rumours and talked to them about signing to XL. Looks like we ran a feature on Craig David too.


NME photographer Andy Willsher drains the red and white out of Jack White for this greyscale shot in 2002. Read the story of our decade long love affair with the band over on the comment section.



2002 saw The White Stripes’ debut performance at Glastonbury. NME photographer Andy Willsher was on stage to capture all the action as Jack and Meg played to Worthy Farm early on the Saturday afternoon.


Another shot from the photo session for the March 2003 cover feature. NME’s John Mulvey reviewed their new album ‘Elephant’ inside this issue, declaring “all of the excitement we want from rock’n’roll is here, and miraculously, few of the clich├ęs” and awarding the LP 9/10. Grab this week’s mag for our reappraisal of their back catalogue.


This shot from inside the issue, taken in Nashville by Dean Chalkley, was captioned with the wooden horse talking and introducing readers to the piece. Not sure why we thought that was a good idea…


This week’s issue is a special tribute issue to The White Stripes, packed with new insight, analysis and tributes plus some collectors posters. Grab the digital issue or pick up a copy in the shops.