Megan Martha “Meg” White (December 10, 1974 – present) grew up in a Detroit suburb. Working as a bartender in the early 1990s, Meg met John Anthony “Jack” Gillis and married him on September 21, 1996. In 1997, Jack and Meg formed an American alternative rock duo call The White Stripes. Though the marriage dissolved in March of 2000, the two continued their rise to fame as a music duo and capitalized on the garage rock revival scene in 2002. Their albums White Blood Cells and Elephant drew them national attention for a large variety of media outlets in both the United States and the United Kingdom, even earning them Grammy Awards in the following categories:
- Best Alternative Music Album 2007 (Icky Thump)
- Best Alternative Music Album 2005 (Get Behind Me Satan)
- Best Alternative Music Album 2003 (Elephant)
One might never guess that Meg’s first attempt at playing drums came as late as 1997. Though she did admit that “a lot of drummers would feel weird about being that simplistic” in response to her “primal” approach to drumming. Because Meg suffers from acute anxiety, panic attack-like episodes of intense fear or apprehension, the duo was forced to cancel 18 tour dates in 2007, seemingly ending their career as a rock duo.
On February 2, 2011, The White Stripes officially announced their retirement. Now married to guitarist Jackson Smith, Meg enjoys photography (specifically of animals) and amateur taxidermy. Animals also are a common motif, a repeating theme or pattern, in her photography.