The White Stripes' Jack White has written a batch of new songs and is making plans for other future releases, he revealed in a Q&A session Saturday on fan site www.whitestripes.net.
White also spoke candidly for the first time about his fight in December with Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer (see "Jack White Brawls With Fellow Garage Rocker At Detroit Club"), and he discussed the aftereffects of a finger injury he suffered in a car accident last year.
Regarding a new White Stripes album, the situation is anything but red, er ... black and white. "Me and Meg may record this summer, but not too much is definite," White wrote. "I must say though that the time off has made me very inspired to write."
Even if the White Stripes don't record a follow-up to Elephant anytime soon, there will be plenty of striped candy to go around. The band will assemble a B-sides disc and issue a widely bootlegged recording of its 2001 appearance on the English radio show "Peel Sessions." The White Stripes may also release live recordings from Detroit concerts and a CD of recordings they made for Italy Records in 1997 and 1998. Before year's end, the Stripes also plan to issue a DVD of live concert footage shot in Blackpool, England, the band revealed last week on its Web site.
Much of White's Q&A session focused on his bar fight with Stollsteimer. Once a major supporter of the Detroit garage rockers, White helped get the Von Bondies signed and produced their first record. For months, White held his tongue on the Stollsteimer issue, even after pleading guilty to assault in March (see "Jack White Pleads Guilty To Assault Charge, Must Take Anger-Management Class"), but now he's opened up, accusing Stollsteimer of milking the situation and exaggerating his injuries in order to receive publicity for his band's album Pawn Shoppe Heart.
"The entire event was completely exploited by him, his band, and his managers and legal professionals," White wrote. "The two of us did have an argument, and I did spit at him. But what he doesn't say is how he then grabbed me to pull me down and pulled out a good deal of my hair. My retaliation was to hit him to get him off of me. Then he landed on my hand, which became cut on the broken glass underneath it. The whole thing lasted less than 10 seconds."
White insists Stollsteimer wasn't badly injured and that he dramatized the situation in order to drag White "through the mud." He added that the incident followed two years of Stollsteimer badmouthing White to friends and the press and insisted that the photo of Stollsteimer's bruised and battered face, which was widely circulated to the media, didn't accurately illustrate his injuries.
"The photo was sent to the [British magazine] NME the next morning, with the photo credit being that of the Von Bondies' manager, Rick Canny," White wrote. "Jason would not allow the dried blood from his bloody nose washed from his face before taking the photo. Take a look at it again. It's a black eye once you wash the dried blood off. His face isn't full of cuts. The 'permanent damage' that he claims was done to his eye from this is also false. Having toured extensively with the man, I know that he would refuse to drive the touring van because as a teenager Jason left a contact lens in his eye for over a year and then tried to pull it out. He tore his eye in doing so ... the same eye he tried to blame me for permanently damaging. It's so funny that when the aroma of money and fame is in the air, old friends will quickly step on your face to get to it."
In addition to getting his side of the Stollsteimer scuffle off his chest, White revealed that he almost had a second surgery on the hand he injured in an accident last July (see "Stripes' Jack White Injures Finger In Car Accident"), but he decided not to undergo the procedure. As a result, the guitarist has been forced to significantly alter his playing style. "It has made playing a great deal more difficult," he wrote. "I had to relearn how to play chords with my other fingers, but in the end I think it's made me a better player, if not just a sorer one."