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Jack White Launches Interactive Online Career Timeline

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Here’s your chance to get caught up on Jack White‘s career in advance of his new compilation, Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016. White has launched an interactive timeline on his website that fills in key details via behind-the-scenes photos, rare video and newly written notes from his time as a solo artist and as a member of the White Stripes and the Raconteurs.

The timeline begins with 1998’s “Sugar Never Tasted So Good,” a song written on his parents’ front porch and later included on the White Stripes’ self-titled 1999 album. “White,” the entry notes, “has often claimed he would happily license the song to an advertisement for Nutrisweet or Splenda.” The most recent item is for the newly released White Stripes song “City Lights,” which was recorded during the sessions of 2005’s Get Behind Me Satan and then discarded. White discovered the song while preparing a Record Store Day reissue, and finished it with help from childhood friend Dominic Davis.

Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, due Sept. 9 via Third Man, is a 26-song career-spanning compilation featuring deep cuts, b-sides and alternate takes. This project follows White’s successful recent attempt to play the first phonographic record in space. He later released another song from the Acoustic Recordings collection, an acoustic mix of the Raconteurs’ “Carolina Drama.”

The White Stripes, which also featured White’s ex-wife Meg, broke up in 2011. The Raconteurs issued two albums between 2006-08, but have been on a lengthy hiatus since Consolers of the Lonely.

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