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Exploring my influences – part 1

I was thinking of posting a list of my influences, what inspires me to write, on my about page, but then I thought a better idea would be to explore them one by one.

I’m working my way through a mild Jack White obsession after watching the documentary It might get loud! by Davis Guggenheim.

The film was re-screened as part of the Sound on Screen Festival at the Labia Theatre during May because frankly, its meant to be watched loud. I’m also lucky enough to own a copy.

It might get loud! takes a look at three legendary guitarists – Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White and explores their relationship with the electric guitar.

The highlight for me was seeing Jack construct a guitar out of little more than a piece of wood and a glass Coke bottle.

Jack is most well known for being one half of The White Stripes, but he’s also in my two current favourite bands – The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. Think American gothic, Nashville revivalism, bluegrass folk with just a hint of devil at the crossroads blues.

I’m trying to capture all of this into a story and loving every second of it. When I’m done having my fun, I’ll post Store Bought Bones on my blog. (working title)

The Dead Weather – Die by the drop The Dead Weather – Die by the drop

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    May 27th, 2010 @16:00 #
     
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    I can't wait for the story.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    May 27th, 2010 @21:16 #
     
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    Love that title.

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  • <a href="http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Quivertree-Publications/268292366503?ref=ts" rel="nofollow">Drew</a>
    Drew
    July 14th, 2010 @13:58 #
     
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    Somewhat late in replying to this, but Jack White is one of the most important American musicians of the last ten or so years. It may be too soon to make this judgment, but I think he will be seen in the same light as Dylan, Neil Young, and other all time greats.
    If you enjoyed 'It might get Loud' you may want to check out 'Under Great White Northern Lights', a documentary on the White Stripes tour through Canada in 2007. Fascinating for his outlooks on touring, and song writing in general

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    July 14th, 2010 @14:13 #
     
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    Thanks Drew. I agree that White is one talented muso. I totally fell in love with what the Raconteurs were producing, so much so that most of the songs have become the inspiration for my own little project. Sadly the short story idea is no more. After reaching 10 000 words its a third of a novel already and I'm still going

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