Jack White

Jack White & The History of the Rickenbacker 12-String

Jim and Greg revisit their conversation with the hardest working man in rock, Jack White, recorded at Third Man Records in Nashville. Plus, an exploration into the history of the Rickenbacker 12-string guitar in rock. And we remember Gregg Allman.

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Jack White

Back in 2012, Jim and Greg went down to Nashville to interview Jack White at his recording studio and record store Third Man Records. They talked about the people in his early life that helped shape his musical taste, introducing the budding musician to The Rolling Stones and The Cramps. They discussed the truth found in the blues and that sound set the trajectory of Jack's most famous band (The White Stripes), his affinity for vinyl records, and his other notable projects.


Instrumental: Rickenbacker Electric 12-String Guitar

Rickenbacker 12-string This week, we kick off a new feature called Instrumental where we examine the history of iconic instruments of rock. We start with the electric 12-string guitar and its most famous manufacturer, Rickenbacker. After the acoustic 12-string guitar was popularized by blues artists like Lead Belly and by the '60s folk revival, Rickenbacker began making an electrified version. After George Harrison used it on The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night," a 12-string craze began. The most notable adopter of the instrument was Jim (later Roger) McGuinn , who used it to define the sound of The Byrds on tracks like "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" The Beatles and The Byrds set the template for countless bands in the ensuing decades who used 12-strings, from power pop acts like Raspberries and Big Star, to jangle pop bands like R.E.M. and The Bangles, to contemporary artists like Temples.

To help discuss and demonstrate the Rickenbacker electric 12-string, we're joined by Daniel Escauriza and Shelby Pollard of Chicago Music Exchange. Jim and Greg also offer their favorite examples of Rick-heavy songs: "Awaken" by Yes and XTC's "All of a Sudden (It's Too Late)."


In Memoriam: Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman Musician Gregg Allman died May 27 at the age of 69. Gregg was a crucial member of The Allman Brothers Band, a group at the forefront of the southern rock genre, though they didn‘t like to be labeled as such. The band’s combined the blues, jazz, rock and psychedelia to make for a original sound. Gregg was the voice of the band, the organ player and the primary songwriter, writing hits like "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "Melissa." Greg Kot pays tribute to Gregg Allman with a track that's actually a demo called "Dreams."“Dreams”was the song that first helped the band take him seriously as a songwriter.

Featured Songs

  1. The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army, Elephant, V2 / XL, 2003
  2. Rolling Stones, Salt of the Earth, Beggars Banquet, Decca / ABKCO, 1968
  3. Velvet Underground, Sister Ray, White Light/White Heat, Verve, 1968
  4. Fugazi, Repeater, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  5. Son House, Grinning in Your Face, Father of the Folk Blues, Columbia, 1965
  6. The White Stripes, Let's Shake Hands, Let's Shake Hands (Single), Italy, 1998
  7. The White Stripes, Lafayette Blues, Lafayette Blues (Single), Italy, 1998
  8. The White Stripes, Look Me Over Closely, Let's Shake Hands (Single), Italy, 1998
  9. The White Stripes, The Nurse, Get Behind Me Satan, V2 / XL, 2005
  10. The White Stripes, Icky Thump, Icky Thump, Third Man / Warner Bros., 2007
  11. The White Stripes, Fell in Love With A Girl, White Blood Cells, XL, 2001
  12. Raconteurs, You Don't Understand Me, Consolers of the Lonely, Third Man / Warner Bros., 2008
  13. Jack White, I'm Shakin, Blunderbuss, Third Man, 2012
  14. The Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season), Turn! Turn! Turn!, Columbia, 1965
  15. The Beatles, If I Needed Someone, Rubber Soul, Parlophone, 1965
  16. Udi Hrant Kenkulian, Hicaz Taksim, Udi Hrant, Traditional Crossroads, 1950
  17. Lead Belly, The Midnight Special, Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Smithsonian Folkways, 1997
  18. Jimmy Bryant with Speedy West, Stratosphere Boogie, Deep Water (single), Capitol, 1954
  19. The Rooftop Singers, Walk Right In, Walk Right In!, Vanguard, 1962
  20. The Beatles, All My Loving (Live on "The Ed Sullivan Show"), Anthology 1, Apple, 1964
  21. The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, A Hard Day's Night, Parlophone, 1964
  22. The Who, I Can't Explain, I Can't Explain (single), Brunswick, 1965
  23. The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man, Mr. Tambourine Man, Columbia, 1965
  24. The Searchers, Needles and Pins, It's The Searchers, Pye, 1964
  25. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Waiting, Hard Promises, Backstreet, 1981
  26. Raspberries, I Wanna Be With You, Fresh, Capitol, 1972
  27. The Plimsouls, A Million Miles Away, Everywhere at Once, Geffen, 1983
  28. The Byrds, Chimes of Freedom, Mr. Tambourine Man, Columbia, 1965
  29. Dino, Desi & Billy, I'm a Fool, I'm a Fool, Reprise, 1965
  30. Yes, Awaken, Going for the One, Atlantic, 1977
  31. XTC, All of a Sudden (It's Too Late), English Settlement, Virgin, 1982
  32. The Allman Brothers Band, Whipping Post, The Allman Brothers Band, Atco, 1969
  33. The Allman Brothers Band, Melissa, Eat A Peach, Capricorn, 1972
  34. The Allman Brothers Band, Dreams (Demo Version), Dreams, Def Jam, 1989
  35. X, You're Phone Is Off The Hook, But You're Not, Los Angeles, Slash, 1980
  36. The Dead Kennedys, Holiday In Cambodia, Holiday In Cambodia (single), Optional Music, 1980
  37. Lloyd Price, Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee, ABC-Paramount, 1958
  38. Jenny Hval, That Battle Is Over, Apocalypse Girl, Sacred Bones, 2015
  39. Rockettothesky, Grizzly Man, Medea, Trust Me, 2008