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The Raconteurs Teaser

The original story was first published in BLAG Vol. 2 Nø 7 print edition in 2006.


Interview and Art Direction by Sally A. Edwards

Photography by Sarah J. Edwards

A while ago we were watching a music channel whilst having lunch and a video came on that just completely captured our attention. It was ‘Steady As She Goes’ by The Raconteurs, directed by none other than Jim Jarmusch. There was something special about it; it was real and grainy, particularly refreshing and very unique within the other videos it was sandwiched between.

Since then, The Raconteurs have released numerous tracks from their album, ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’, made more compelling videos including one with magician Dynamo and many have learnt through their 500 plus interviews (within a year) that The Raconteurs are not the ‘side-project’ of Jack White and Brendan Benson, but indeed a band they’re in with friends Jack Lawrence aka Little Jack aka LJ and Patrick Keeler of The Greenhornes.

Well, we’ve been vying for a feature with them for sometime now. It’s probably a blessing it took this long because we were presented with a list of ‘Most Asked Questions’ to try and avoid. Now, this made the writing of questions more complicated, but only tested us to come up with something a little different. We certainly didn’t expect the reaction we got – and don’t think they did either – discovering each have a great, but very different sense of humour: Jack White, big, confident and direct. Little Jack, very quiet and equally as dry. Brendan, sharp and in the moment and Patrick. Well? Jack will soon explain that – purely because he does it far better than me…

GOOD DEEDS & DANCE MOVES

Sally: I wanted to get you to describe each other first. So, Jack (Lawrence) do you mind if I call you ‘Little Jack’?

Little Jack: No.

Sally: Can you describe Brendan and his most good deed done?

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