By Andy Doerschuk Published March 22, 2010
After spending the greater part of my lifetime defending the many subtle but significant contributions Ringo Starr brought to The Beatles’ sound, I could relate to Jack White’s defense of the uncomplicated drumming approach taken by his ex-wife and White Stripes bandmate, Meg White, whose simplistic sound has long provided grist for every rock snob’s mill.
Last week, in an interview published in the British newspaper, Daily Star, White said, “She can do what those with technical prowess can't. She inspires people to bash on pots and pans. For that, they repay her with gossip and judgment. In the end she's laughing to the Prada handbag store. She wins every time.”
And just to twist the knife a bit further, the highly literate rocker added, “Her femininity and extreme minimalism are too much to take for some metal heads and reverse-contrarian hipsters.”
Reverse-contrarian hipsters? Take that, speed freaks!