Music Related Guiness Book Records That Actually Impress

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jack White performs during the 2012 Hangout Music Festival on May 18, 2012 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Photo: Skip Bolen/WireImage

Jack White seems to be unsatisfied with the place in history he has attained through his work with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and a multitude of additional projects. Recently, the helium-voiced guitar slinger has avowed his intention to expand his legacy by entering the Guinness Book of World Records. First it was announced that he’d had a flap with the folks at Guinness over whether or not White played the world’s shortest concert, and then on May 18, he apparently got a Guinness official to turn up at the Gulf Shores, AL stop on White’s solo Blunderbuss tour to substantiate the rocker’s bid for employing the most metaphors in a single concert. Clearly this goal was harder to quantify, and there seemed to be an even greater element of cheekiness to the endeavor on White’s part. In the end, he was reportedly denied the Guinness stamp of approval, but in a statement on his website, White declared that he’d go for the record again at his next show. What will the next installment of the Jack White vs. Guinness saga bring? Is the whole thing an elaborate publicity stunt, or is White genuinely at odds with Guinness? While you’re waiting for the answers to these burning questions, here are some equally unexpected musical milestones that definitely did cut the mustard with the august organization allegedly responsible for dashing White’s dreams to bits.

1. Deepest Underwater Concert Ever

U.K. pop crooner Katie Melua, who preceded Adele as the holder of the British Norah Jones title (well, unofficially anyway), was welcomed into the Guinness fold for her 2006 performance on a gas rig in the North Sea at 994 feet below sea level. Medical testing and underwater survival training were apparently required of the hardy songstress before she made the plunge. Assertions that the event was part of Melua’s effort to prove her depth as an artist remain unconfirmed.
2. The Longest Concert Ever

At a Paris theater in 2009, electro-acoustic composer/producer Chilly Gonzales, renowned for his work with Feist and Peaches, played the piano for 27 hours straight, assuring his Guinness glory. In preparation for the mammoth undertaking, Gonzales consulted sleep specialists, acupuncturists, and nutritionists to help him stay awake longer, but it’s not known whether he was also advised to avoid listening to any Feist tracks.

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